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Clutha: Inquiry told how helicopter crash victims died

A fatal accident inquiry is taking place at Hampden into 2013 police helicopter crash.

Victims: The FAI heard how each person died.
Victims: The FAI heard how each person died.

The Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the Clutha crash has heard how each of the ten victims died.

The pilot, two crew members and seven customers in the Clutha bar in Glasgow were killed when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed onto the roof of the building on November 29, 2013.

Pilot David Traill along with PC Tony Collins, 42, and PC Kirsty Nelis, 36, died in the crash.

Clutha patrons Gary Arthur, 48, Joe Cusker, 59, Colin Gibson, 33, Robert Jenkins, 61, John McGarrigle, 57, Samuel McGhee, 56, and Mark O'Prey, 44, also lost their lives.

On Wednesday, the FAI, held at Hampden Park, heard how each of the victims were found and the injuries that they sustained in the crash.

Gary Arthur

Gary was carried through a window by firefighters.
Gary was carried through a window by firefighters.

Gary Arthur, of Paisley, was in the bar when the police helicopter crashed into the roof. Firefighters found him trapped in rubble, freed him and carried him out through an open window.

Outside the bar, Gary, 48, was pronounced dead by a paramedic. A post-mortem later established the cause of death as "head injury due to an aircraft crash".

Anthony Collins

Police constable Anthony Collins, 43, was from Clarkston near Glasgow. He was found in the rear passenger seat of the helicopter around 40 minutes after it crashed.

He was pronounced dead the following day.

A post-mortem examination found that "head, neck and chest injuries due to an aircraft crash" caused the officer's death.

Joseph Cusker

Joseph died two weeks after the crash.
Joseph died two weeks after the crash.

Joseph Cusker, 59, was a retired local authority housing manager.

He was in the Clutha when the helicopter crashed and was found close to the entrance doors by a fellow customer.

A number of pub-goers helped him from the building. Joseph had multiple injuries and was treated in intensive care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

He died on December 12, 2013 - two weeks after the crash.

Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson, 33, was an immigration officer from Ayr. He was found inside the Clutha by firefighters, trapped by rubble and part of the helicopter.

A post-mortem revealed his cause of death to be "traumatic asphyxiation".

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins, 61, of East Kilbride, was found trapped in rubble beneath the helicopter on December 1. He was pronounced dead later that day.

A head injury was found to have caused his death.

John McGarrigle

John (right) pictured with his son.
John (right) pictured with his son.

John McGarrigle, 58, was from Cumbernauld. The writer was inside the Clutha, where firefighters discovered him trapped under a "large amount of debris and rubble".

John was unconscious with a faint pulse when he was found. Paramedics attended but he couldn't be saved.

A post-mortem found "chest injuries due to an aircraft crash" to have caused his death.

Samuel McGhee

Car wash maintenance manager Samuel McGhee was discovered by firefighters trapped in rubble.

The 58-year-old's pulse was detected but crews were initially unable to free him due to the weight of the debris.

Shortly after, Samuel was pronounced dead by paramedics. His cause of death was found to be chest injuries.

Kirsty Nelis

PC Nelis was found trapped at 1am.
PC Nelis was found trapped at 1am.

Police constable Kirsty Nelis, 36, was in the front passenger seat of the helicopter when it crashed.

She was found trapped at 1am - more than two-and-a-half hours after the aircraft came down.

A post-mortem found her cause of death was "head, neck and chest injuries due to aircraft crash".

Mark O'Prey

The 44-year-old was trapped by rubble.
The 44-year-old was trapped by rubble.

Mark O'Prey, 44, from East Kilbride was found inside the Clutha by firefighters.

The window cleaner was trapped by rubble from the waist down. He was moving his head and mumbling but his breathing was shallow.

Paramedics gave him oxygen and fitted an airway - but by 1am there were no signs of life.

David Traill

The helicopter's pilot David Traill was found trapped in the wreckage of the aircraft by firefighters. He had no pulse.

The 51-year-old, from Lochwinnoch, was found to have died from head, neck and chest injuries.

As was the case for PCs Collins and Nelis, a toxicology test later returned negative results for drugs and alcohol.

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