Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub roof

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 10:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities have confirmed that a police helicopter crashed Friday night through the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow. The Clutha pub is in the city's center.

Scotland's leader has warned that fatalities are likely.

Images on local television showed what appeared to be the helicopter's propeller sticking out of the pub's roof. Rescue workers swarmed the scene. Police officials say the helicopter had a crew of three — two police officers and a civilian pilot. It went down about 10:25 p.m. local time.

There were reports that people may have been trapped inside. Witnesses say there was live musical performance when the helicopter began to fall through the ceiling. Then there was a chaotic rush through a cloud of dust to get out. Survivors had gashes to the head and other injuries.

A newspaper editor says the aircraft fell like a stone.

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