Helicopter suffered engine failure before Glasgow crash

The police helicopter that crashed into a pub in central Glasgow had suffered double engine failure, investigators say.

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Glasgow crash investigators still checking flight data

The team investigating the Glasgow helicopter crash in December have ruled out a host of possible causes, but are still looking into data recorded by the aircraft and on CCTV before it hit the ground.

Air crash investigators are still trying to discover the cause of the Glasgow helicopter crash in December Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said there were no signs of in-flight fire, or of structural failure affecting the helicopter.

It also said that fuel warnings were issued for both engines before it crashed, and that one of the warnings issued "related to an autopilot system failure".

Investigators are still trying to discover why no emergency transmission was received by the pilot, and why the craft did not enter into an "autorotative descent" before crashing - an automatic turning of the rotors which would normally occur as a helicopter falls through the air.

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Glasgow helicopter engines 'flamed out' before crash

A report on the cause of the helicopter crash in Glasgow in December has found that both engines flamed out before the helicopter hit the ground.

A report has been published on the causes of the Glasgow helicopter crash in December Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The investigating team also concluded that the main rotor and tail rotor blade were not rotating at the moment of impact, and that no fuel leaked from the aircraft before it crashed.

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