Sunday 24 September 2017

'My father died in helicopter crash' - one fatality confirmed

John McGarrigle shows reporters a photo of him and his father John McGarrigle senior, sitting in their favourite spot at the Clutha pub, the site of a helicopter crash in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013. John senior was in the Clutha last night and his son has searched every hospital for him without success. One person has been confirmed dead and over 30 injured after a police helicopter carrying two officers and a civilian pilot crashed on to the busy Clutha pub yesterday night. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
John McGarrigle shows reporters a photo of him and his father John McGarrigle senior, sitting in their favourite spot at the Clutha pub, the site of a helicopter crash in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013. John senior was in the Clutha last night and his son has searched every hospital for him without success. One person has been confirmed dead and over 30 injured after a police helicopter carrying two officers and a civilian pilot crashed on to the busy Clutha pub yesterday night. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
John McGarrigle talks to reporters about his missing father John McGarrigle senior, near the site of a helicopter crash in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013. John senior was in the Clutha pub last night and his son has searched every hospital for him without success. One person has been confirmed dead and over 30 injured after a police helicopter carrying two officers and a civilian pilot crashed on to the busy Clutha pub yesterday night. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Lynsey Bews, Press Association Scotland

A man has said his father was killed in The Clutha Bar helicopter crash.

John McGarrigle, 38, said an eyewitness told him that his father, also John McGarrigle, 59, was sitting "right in the spot" where the helicopter came down on the building in Glasgow city centre last night.

Speaking to BBC News from the scene, Mr McGarrigle said his father is "probably lying underneath that helicopter".

He said: "The realisation, and just a deep instinct ... kicked in right away as soon as I heard there was an accident at Clutha. I just knew something bad had happened to him.

"When I came round and seen where the position of the helicopter (was) that was when I knew, because he sat in that spot all the time, where the 'copter hit.

"I am still shaking."

An eyewitness named Fiona told him what happened inside the pub, Mr McGarrigle said.

"An eyewitness account said my dad was sitting right in the spot where the 'copter hit," he said.

"Fiona walked into the toilet ... as she walked into the toilet, bang, the 'copter came in.

"When she came running out the door, my dad and Sammy were gone."

Mr McGarrigle said he unsuccessfully tried to get information from the accident helpline set up for those affected.

"I said my dad is dead, probably lying underneath that helicopter," he said.

"I could walk in there and pinpoint him myself in the rubble."

Police say at least one person has died in the accident but they have yet to be named.

A total of 32 people have been taken to hospital.

Press Association

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