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Eight dead and scores hurt in Scotland pub crash

Witnesses say a police helicopter that crashed into a busy Glasgow pub, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens more, dropped like a stone from the night sky.

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Glasgow: Four of at least nine people killed when a police helicopter crashed into a crowded Glasgow pub have been named.

The pilot and two constables on board were among those who died when the aircraft came down on the roof of the Clutha Vaults bar in Scotland's largest city on Friday night.

Pilot David Traill, 51, along with officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43, were killed returning from a police operation.

Grace Clarkson looks at the eight candles which were lit during a service at Glasgow Cathedral in memory of the eight people who lost their live when a police helicopter crashed into The Clutha bar on Friday.

Grace Clarkson looks at the eight candles which were lit during a service at Glasgow Cathedral in memory of the eight people who lost their live when a police helicopter crashed into The Clutha bar on Friday. Photo: Getty

Both constables were members of the helicopter unit and had both previously been commended for acts of bravery, Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said on Sunday.

The daughter of 48-year-old Gary Arthur from Paisley, who was inside the pub, paid tribute to her father, writing on Twitter "you'll always mean the world to me".

The five other victims who were in the busy bar have not yet been identified and police have not ruled out the possibility more bodies could be recovered from the wreckage.

Distress: John McGarrigle jnr, son of 60-year-old John McGarrigle snr, shows a picture of himself and his father, as he fears for his father's wellbeing, who is missing after the helicopter crash.

Distress: John McGarrigle jnr, son of 60-year-old John McGarrigle snr, shows a picture of himself and his father, as he fears for his father's wellbeing, who is missing after the helicopter crash. Photo: Getty Images

Nine people have now been confirmed to have died in the Glasgow police helicopter crash. Another body was found within The Clutha pub in Glasgow where the helicopter crashed on Friday night.

Rescuers are still at the scene and the painstaking task of removing the remains of the helicopter is continuing.

The popular venue was hosting live music and packed with more than 100 people when the tragedy happened.

Twelve of 32 people taken to hospital continue to receive treatment, with three in intensive care.

Air accident experts have launched an investigation into what caused the Bond-operated Eurocopter EC135 to plummet.

Sir Stephen said: "Until the helicopter is completely removed from the scene and the right people are in the premises and are able to look through the rubble completely and start to clear it, we cannot say about exact numbers," he said.

"No-one will be putting pressure on them in terms of time but things are proceeding, we are making progress and I know that people want to be reassured of that.

"It may appear that it's not going as fast as people want. The answer is it's painstaking and it's important that everything there is treated with the courtesy and respect it deserves."

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited some of those injured in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and said she felt humbled by the stories she had heard of off duty medical staff reporting for duty in the crash aftermath and members of the public queuing to give blood the following morning.

"This is still very raw for people in Glasgow, that rawness will subside ... but there are going to be a lot of people with scars moving forward and that's when you're really going to see Glasgow come to its best," she said.

Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of people attended a service at Glasgow Cathedral where prayers were said and candles lit for those caught up in the crash.

Condolences came from The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the day after messages of support from the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron.

PA, AFP