Numerous people were injured and others were trapped after a police helicopter crashed on the roof of a crowded Glasgow pub, officials said early today.
Authorities stressed that the rescue operation continued at The Clutha pub in the city center. They said some people had been taken to hospitals but that it was too soon to go into detail on the number of casualties.
“Given an incident of this scale, we must all prepare ourselves for the like-lihood of fatalities,” Scotland’s leader, Alex Salmond, said on his official Twitter account.
The crash Friday night about 10:30 p.m. local time sent patrons and revelers catching a gig by ska band Esperanza fleeing through a cloud of dust. Witnesses spoke of screams and a scene of horror, of people streaming out of the building covered in blood, with gashes and other injuries.
Asst. Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said rescuers had made contact with some people trapped inside the pub, but it was unclear how many people were awaiting rescue
He said teams — including 125 firefighters on the scene — were working to stabilize the building and “get people out.”