By By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief | December 2, 2013
A Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter operated by Police Scotland crashed into a pub in Glasgow city center around 10.30pm on Friday, Nov. 29. At time of writing it has been confirmed that at least eight people were killed; the civilian pilot and two policemen who were inside the helicopter as well as five people on the ground. Fourteen other people remain in a serious condition in hospital.
Eyewitnesses said that the EC135 T2 (G-SPAO) "fell out of the sky" and crashed through the roof of a public house called The Clutha Vaults. There was little warning before the crash.
The EC135 T2 is operated by Strathclyde Police under contract from Bond Air Services. The helicopter is a twin engine Eurocopter and is popular across international police and emergency services. The EC135 first entered service in 1996 and over 1,000 have been built. Equipped with day/night sensors, police helicopters in the UK frequently operate over busy city centers during the late evening supporting ground police units.
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