Sturgeon promises Clutha victims’ families that more facts will come about crash

Nicola Sturgeon helps behind the bar at the Clutha re-opening

By a reporter

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon assured the families of the police helicopter crash that she was sure more would be known about the cause of the tragedy, as she attended the Glasgow bar’s re-opening last night.

She spoke at the event, which was attended by relatives of the 10 killed in the incident on November 29 2013, as well as several survivors.

Seven men inside the Clydeside bar were killed when the Police Scotland helicopter, operated by Bond, crashed through the roof. The pilot and two police officers aboard the aircraft also died.

Tribute was paid to the families, the dead, and the emergency services at the event.

Clutha owner Alan Crossan said that, with more than 600 days passed, it was time for Bond to be more open. The long awaited Air Accident Investigation Branch inquiry into the incident has still to be published, despite various deadlines passing.

“Bond have to think about people instead of thinking of their balance sheet,” commented Mr Crossan.

The First Minister paid tribute to Mr Crossan’s “resilience and perseverance” in trying to re-open the bar, and also as a leading figure of the Clutha Trust, set up to help young people in the wake of the crash.

“people and in particular the families of those who died there, deserve an answer. I very much hope that in the not too distant future those answers will be provided,” she added.

There has been considerable disquiet about the delay of the AAIB report, and also about rumoured delays in insurance pay-outs — particularly by Bond’s insurers — as well as a claimed lack of transparency in the disbursement of cash from an appeal fund administered by Glasgow City Council.


  1. I have listened to An Aviation crash expert being interviewed (BBC Radio Scotland, John Beattie) He was at a total loss to explain this crash and the aparent inaction by the highly experienced and skilled pilot.

  2. Who cares?

    It was an accident. An unusual accident, in that the helicopter landed on a pub rather than crashing into a field like they normally do, but still an accident.

    It died expose the typical glasgow bigotry. We’re special. We care like no other city. Nowhere else would people have helped after an accident. And the total inability to take the slightest bit of criticism. Characteristics it shares with that other blubbering cesspool on the Mersey.


  3. The only “bigotry” has been posted by the “blubbering cesspool” named Peter. Contrived and shameful post on such a tragic accident, with its inevitable aftermath of the grief and loss of the families of the victims.


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