Police helicopter crashes into crowded Glasgow pub, 8 killed

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SummaryWitnesses said the helicopter dropped from the sky like a stone onto the busy Clutha Pub on Friday night.

Eight people were killed and 14 others seriously injured when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a packed Glasgow pub, trapping many inside in choking dust and debris, Scottish police said on Saturday, Witnesses said the helicopter dropped from the sky like a stone onto the busy Clutha Pub on Friday night while more than 100 people were crammed inside, listening to a live music concert.

The helicopter crew - two police officers and the civilian pilot - were among the dead and the others were discovered inside the wreckage of the building, Chief Constable of Police Scotland Stephen House told reporters. He said 14 others remained in hospital with serious injuries.

Immediately after the crash, revellers caked in dust and blood rushed out into the street.

Passers-by formed a human chain to bring out the injured from the building.

Celebrations in Glasgow were cancelled, flags were flown at half-mast on government buildings and a special service was held at Glasgow's Roman Catholic cathedral.

Police said it was too early to speculate on what caused the helicopter to come down.

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