Around 10:25 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, a police helicopter crashed into a packed Glasgow pub, The Clutha, as patrons were enjoying some Friday night revelry and live music.
A still unknown number of patrons were trapped inside the building after the crash; and at least one death has been reported, according to NBC News.
“Sadly at this time I can confirm one fatality,” Chief Constable of Police Stephen House told reporters early Saturday as search and rescue teams picked through the rubble.
“We expect that number to rise in the coming hours.”
In addition to the one confirmed death, at least 32 injured patrons were excavated from the pub and taken to various hospitals throughout Glasgow.
As of this writing, people are still trapped inside the shaky rubble left behind from the helicopter crashing into the pub’s roof.
Officials on the scene said that rescue workers are in contact with some of those still trapped inside, and that “two police officers and a civilian pilot were in the helicopter when it went down.”
At least 125 firefighters, 15 ambulances, one special response unit, and the local police are still on the scene.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed that the chopper was a police helicopter and tweeted, “Given an incident of this scale we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities.”
Speaking at a press conference early Saturday he called it “a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland.” He noted that it was St. Andrew’s Day — when Scotland’s patron saint is celebrated — and said, “It’s a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy.”
Members from the band Esperanza who were playing in the pub at the time of crash, seem to have all survived, according to the band’s Facebook page. Jess, one of the nine member band, posted:
Waking up and realizing that it is all definitely horribly real. Despite the situation everyone was so helpful and caring of each other. The police, ambulances, firefighters all did a stellar job and continue to do so today in extremely difficult conditions …
Our biggest concern is that everyone is found and can get the care and help they need.
The editor for the Scottish Sun, Gordon Smart, was nearby and actually saw the crash as it occurred. Smart said that appeared that the chopper blades weren’t rotating and that “the helicopter was sort of turning in a strange position and dropping at great speed.”
The flags in Scotland are hoisted at half-mast today, as people arrive at the crash scene to pay their respects and leave flowers.
An investigation is already underway as to the cause of the helicopter crash.
For more on the helicopter crash in Glasgow, see the video accompanying this article.
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