A Timeline Of The Clutha Tragedy

29 November 2014, 07:05

Here is a timeline of events surrounding the Clutha helicopter crash:


November 29

:: A Police Scotland helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135, crashes on to the roof of the Clutha pub in Glasgow's Clydeside at about 10.25pm. Emergency services declare it a major incident.

November 30, St Andrew's Day

:: Then First Minister Alex Salmond warns: "We must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities.''

:: Eight people are later confirmed dead.

:: Thirty-two people are taken to hospitals across Glasgow.

:: Police name a body recovered from the scene as Gary Arthur. The operation to recover the remaining bodies continues.

:: Senior public figures, including the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron, express their condolences to those caught up in the tragedy.

December 1

:: Hundreds attend a cathedral service to remember those affected by the tragedy and express their gratitude to the emergency services.

:: The three people who died on board the helicopter - pilot David Traill, police officer Kirsty Nelis and police officer Tony Collins - are formally named.

December 2

:: Nine people are now confirmed to have died.

:: The remains of the aircraft are removed from the building.

:: Air crash investigators reveal that no mayday call was made before the aircraft crashed.

:: A minute's silence is held in Glasgow's George Square to mark the tragedy.

:: The search-and-recovery operation at the site concludes.

December 3

:: All nine fatalities have now been named by police.

:: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the scene. Mr Salmond visits the City Chambers to sign a book of condolence.

:: Comedian and actor Billy Connolly visits the scene to lay a bouquet of flowers.

:: A fund to help bereaved relatives and survivors of the crash is opened by the city council.

:: It is announced that the bodies of those who died are being released to their families.

December 6

:: The Prince of Wales visits the site, signs the city's book of condolence and meets emergency workers.

December 7

:: The first of the funerals for those who died, captain David Traill, takes place at Glasgow University.

December 9

:: The funerals of pub customers Mark O'Prey and Gary Arthur are held.

:: The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reveals it has found no initial evidence of engine or gearbox failure in the helicopter.

December 10

:: The funerals of Pc Tony Collins and pub customer John McGarrigle take place.

December 11

:: The funeral of Pc Kirsty Nelis is held.

December 12

:: Mourners attend the funerals of crash victims Colin Gibson and Robert Jenkins.

:: A 10th person dies a fortnight after the crash. Joe Cusker had been receiving treatment in hospital but died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

December 13

:: The funeral of Samuel McGhee is held.

December 17

:: Helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter issues a worldwide safety alert after a fault was found in the model of aircraft that crashed.

December 18

:: The funeral of Joe Cusker takes place.

December 27

:: The RMT union steps up calls for a public inquiry into helicopter safety.


February 14

:: An interim air accident report by the AAIB finds that both engines failed on the helicopter.

:: A book of condolence signed by MPs after the crash is handed to the city by Commons Speaker John Bercow.

February 15

:: A benefit gig takes place at the Barrowlands venue for people affected by the crash.

March 29

:: A memorial service is held at St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow for the 10 who died.

April 11

:: The ska band playing in the Clutha at the time, Esperanza, tell The Big Issue they are haunted by what they saw.

November 28

:: A concert took place at the Barrowlands in Glasgow to launch the Clutha Trust, which aims to help disadvantaged young people.

November 29