A police helicopter crashed into a crowded Glasgow, Scotland pub on Friday night, when it was packed for a busy event. One person is confirmed dead, but authorities are expecting to find more causalities as they search the collapsed building, according to USA Today on Nov. 30.
Chief constable Stephen House said that 32 people were hospitalized and he expects the number of fatalities to rise as the search of the building continued. It is not known what caused the Eurocopter EC135 T2 to crash into the building. The helicopter was carrying two police officers and was being flown by a civilian pilot when it crashed.
The fate of the pilot or the two police officers were not known during this very urgent and confusing scene. Witnesses described the helicopter hitting the pub’s roof, like a stone falling through the building. The dust from the impact was thick, making visibility low.
Bar patrons who escaped without injury formed a human chain and handed people, who were unconscious or who couldn’t walk, down the line and out of the building. Labor party spokesperson, Jim Murphy, who was at the scene said that they used the human chain to get people out “inch by inch,” according to Fox News.
It is amazing how people were able to form this human chain to save the folks caught inside with all this chaos going on around them. People were screaming and yelling, but some folks took matters into their own hands to get the rest of the people out of the collapsed building. Search and recovery efforts continue in the collapsed ruins of the Cluth Bar.
Murphy said people were pouring out of the bar, which is one of the first things he saw. The pub had about 120 patrons inside when the helicopter crashed. The patrons were listening to a band at the time the copter came crashing through the roof.
One of the bar patrons who was inside when the helicopter came through the roof said that people didn’t realize the seriousness of this accident at first. Grace MacLean, said she heard a “whoosh” noise then saw smoke. She also explained how others took it in their stride at first, until the helicopter came crashing all the way through the roof. She said:
“The band were laughing and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down,” she told the BBC. “They carried on playing, and then it started to come down more, and someone started screaming, and then the whole pub just filled with dust. You couldn’t see anything, you couldn’t breathe.”
This is when it turned into chaos and people fled to the door. Not long after that the patrons banded together to help get the injured out of the collapsed building by forming the human chain.