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  • 3 December 2013, 17:58

Glasgow Helicopter Crash: Relatives Visit Site

Relatives and friends of some of those killed in the Glasgow helicopter crash have visited the scene of the tragedy.

They looked at tributes and flowers left at the nearby memorial site for the nine people who died in Friday night's disaster.

It came as the Deputy Prime Minister arrived in the city to pay his respects.

Nick Clegg laid flowers and met members of the community to discuss the tragedy.

He said: "The city is united in sadness and grief but also united in very heartfelt sympathy for those affected by the terrible events on Friday night."

He added that Glasgow was "also united in unequivocal support for the exceptional job done by the emergency services".

Comedian and musician Billy Connolly also paid his respects the scene of the crash at the Clutha pub, where he had played in the past.

He told Sky News: "I am very sad and sorry for the people who have passed away.

"It means quite a lot to me this whole area, as I have played in all of these pubs.

"It must be tragic when your relatives go for a pint and don't come home."

Police named the remaining four victims of the crash following the end of the recovery operation last night.

Robert Jenkins, 61, Mark O'Prey, 44, Colin Gibson, 33, and John McGarrigle, 57, were among the nine people killed in the disaster.

The relatives of both Mr O'Prey and Mr McGarrigle told Sky News of their frustration at the delay in finding out news about the men.

Three people were killed in the helicopter - civilian pilot David Traill, 51, and police officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.

Gary Arthur, 48, from Paisley, and Samuel McGhee, 56, from Glasgow, were the other two people who were killed in the pub.

Confirmation of the names of all those who died came after officials revealed the search and recovery operation at the crash site had concluded.

The site is subject to an ongoing police investigation, but management of the incident scene has been handed over to the city council.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "All nine names of those who died in the tragic incident last Friday in Glasgow have now been confirmed.

"Our thoughts first and foremost are with the families and friends of all those who have died. As our investigation continues we will of course go on providing support to the families involved."

On Monday it emerged Mr Traill made no mayday call before the crash.

Dave Miller, deputy chief inspector of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), told reporters there was no explosion and no fire before the helicopter fell onto the roof of the building, causing debris to land on customers below.

He said there was no "black box" flight recorder, although the aircraft did have a "significant number of modern electronic systems on board and it may be possible to recover details from those systems".

Nothing fell from the aircraft before the accident and the helicopter rotors were intact at the moment of impact.

The "extensively damaged" Eurocopterwas lifted out by crane and taken by lorry to the AAIB base in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Emergency service workers formed a guard of honour to pay their respects to victims as the last four bodies were driven away in private ambulances.

Eleven people remain in hospitals across the city.

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