Death toll rises to nine in Glasgow copter crash

The wreckage of a police helicopter is seen on the roof of a pub in central Glasgow, Scotland December 2, 2013. The number of people killed after a helicopter crashed into a pub in Scotland's biggest city Glasgow rose to nine, police said on Monday. Officers continue to sift through the wreckage at the site where a police helicopter crashed into the roof of the packed 'Clutha' pub on Friday, trapping many inside in choking dust and debris. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)

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Wreckage of a police helicopter on the roof of a pub in central Glasgow on Monday.

LONDON – Scottish authorities used a crane to remove the wreckage of a police helicopter from the roof of a Glasgow pub on Monday, and raised the death toll from its crash to nine.

The helicopter’s crew — two police officers and a civilian pilot — were all killed when it crashed through the roof of The Clutha pub on Friday night, which was packed with patrons taking in a local Ska band’s show.

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Authorities lift the destroyed helicopter off the pub three days after Friday's crash.

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Authorities lift the destroyed helicopter off the pub three days after Friday’s crash.

Police said Monday that another body had been found inside the pub, bringing the total of fatalities inside to six.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility of finding more bodies once the helicopter is cleared away.

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Scotland authorities fear the death toll will continue to rise.

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Scotland authorities fear the death toll will continue to rise.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer David Goodhew said the helicopter is “extensively damaged” and that prior to the lift crews had been tunneling underneath the helicopter to try to find any further casualties.

Authorities say 12 people remain hospitalized with injuries from the accident, three of whom are in intensive care.

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