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Search for victims of Glasgow helicopter crash enters second night

Members of the emergency services working on the roof of the Clutha Bar in Glasgow Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Emergency workers are continuing to search the wreckage of a Glasgow bar after a police helicopter crashed through its roof on Friday night.

Police confirmed that eight people died in the incident, three of whom were travelling in the helicopter.

A further 14 people remain in hospital with serious injuries as the "rescue and recovery" operation continues.

Eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to drop out of the sky around 10:20pm on Friday night while the Clutha Bar was full of people watching a music concert.

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edwards reports:

The Police Scotland helicopter - the only one in the force - was carrying three police pilots when it crashed near the banks of the River Clyde.

The cause of the crash is still the subject of an investigation by the police under the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Police this evening appealed to members of the public to send them photographs and videos of the incident to aid their investigation.

ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler spoke to a couple who witnessed the aftermath of the crash:

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond described it as a "black day" for the nation:

This is a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland, but it is also St Andrew's Day, and it is a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy.

– first minister alex salmond

The Queen sent a personal message of condolence to the Lord Provost of Glasgow expressing her sadness at the "dreadful" incident.

Rangers and Falkirk players observed a minute's silence for the victims of the helicopter crash in Glasgow ahead of their match today.

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