Scottish police say eight people are now dead after a helicopter fell from the sky and crashed into a packed Scottish pub while over 100 people enjoyed live music. Chief Constable Stephen House confirmed the death toll Saturday morning, and said 14 others were seriously injured and receiving treatment at Glasgow hospitals.
According to Reuters, a Eurocopter EC135 T2 carrying two police officers and a civilian pilot crashed into the roof of The Clutha, a pub in Glasgow, around 10:25 p.m. Friday evening. Police have not yet confirmed what caused the helicopter to crash. "The aircraft did not appear to have caught fire," remarks Reuters. The Guardian says the helicopter "suffered a catastrophic loss of power."
"Midway through their set it sounded like a giant explosion," Fraser Gibson, who was inside the bar when the helicopter landed, told the BBC. "Part of the room was covered in dust. We didn't know what had happened. We froze for a second; there was panic and then people trying to get out the door."
Over 100 people were packed into the bar for a live concert from a local band, Esperanza. Panicked patrons scattered into the nearby street, while the collapsed roof trapped some inside the building. Rescue workers spent the evening scouring the remains for any possible survivors trapped under the debris.