PICTURES: Helicopter wreck lifted from Glasgow crash site as nine confirmed dead
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PICTURES: Helicopter wreck lifted from Glasgow crash site as nine confirmed dead

NINE people have been confirmed dead in the Glasgow police helicopter crash.

Police confirmed that another body was recovered last night within the Clutha Vaults pub where the helicopter crashed on Friday night.

They have also released the identity of a 56-year-old man who died at the scene as Samuel McGhee. Mr McGhee is the second of the six non-police victims to be named.

They had earlier named three dead helicopter crew as pilot David Traill, 51, and Police Constables Kirsty Nelis, 36, and 43-year-old Tony Collins.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "This remains an ongoing investigation and search focused on the Clutha Vaults pub."

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The damaged helicopter was lifted from the pub this morning.

Piolice have said a ninth body has been recovered in the wreckage of Glasgow's Clutha pub that was destroyed when a police helicopter crashed on Friday night.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Piolice have said a ninth body has been recovered in the wreckage of Glasgow's Clutha pub that was destroyed when a police helicopter crashed on Friday night. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Ms Fitzpatrick said: "We can now confirm that Samuel McGhee died during the incident on Friday. Our thoughts are with his family and friends tonight as they are with all those affected by this tragedy.

"Sadly, I can also confirm the discovery of a further body within the site. This takes to nine the total number of people who died on Friday night.

 

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Mourners at the crash site Mourners at the crash site

"Our absolute priority has been to locate the bodies of people who were within the pub at the time of the incident and recover them safely. This process takes time, as formal identification procedures have to take place before we can notify relatives and publicly confirm identities.

"We are doing all we can to support the families of those who have lost loved ones. It is essential that we maintain sensitivity and dignity for the families of the deceased."

Police have warned that more bodies could be recovered from the wreckage.

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