Salvage operation ends as Scotland helicopter is removed

Salvage operation ends as Scotland helicopter is removed
Rescue workers lift a rotor blade from the site of a police helicopter crash onto the Clutha Pub in central Glasgow, Scotland.

GLASGOW - The search and recovery operation carried out after a police helicopter smashed through the roof of a Glasgow pub concluded Monday, with the final death toll standing at nine, police said.

Three people on board the helicopter were killed and six died in the Clutha pub, where around 120 people were watching a performance by a ska band when the aircraft plunged on to the building on Friday evening.

The craft was pulled free of the devastated building earlier Monday.

Police in Scotland confirmed that all the bodies had been removed and named all nine victims.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "I can confirm that the search and recovery operation has now concluded and we are satisfied there are no further fatalities at the scene. In total, nine people died as a result of the incident.

"It has been a difficult and complex recovery operation, made the more challenging for those in the emergency services who have been working at the scene who have also lost their colleagues and friends."

Pilot David Traill, 51, and police officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43, were travelling in the helicopter when it came down. All three died.

Two victims who were inside the pub were on Sunday named as Gary Arthur, 48, from Paisley, and Samuel McGhee, 56, from Glasgow.

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