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  • 14 February 2014, 22:38

Glasgow Police Helicopter's Engines Failed

A police helicopter which crashed into the Clutha bar in Glasgow suffered double engine failure, an interim accident report has found.

Investigators examining the cause of the November crash, which left 10 people dead, said preliminary inquiries found that both the left and right engine of the helicopter failed.

In the final stages of the flight the right engine "flamed out and shortly after the left engine flamed out," the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

Shortly afterwards "the helicopter descended and struck the roof of the Clutha Vaults bar at a high rate of descent, in an upright attitude."

The report, the second to be released on the accident so far, said76kg (168lb) of fuel was found to have been left in the main fuel tank, leaving the cause of the engine failure unclear.

Further investigation into the crash "will seek to determine why a situation arose that led to both the helicopter's engines flaming out when 76kg remained in the fuel tank group," AAIB said.

Other unexplained factors, including "why no emergency radio transmission was received from the pilot, and why, following the double engine failure, an autorotative descent and flare recovery was not achieved" are also to be examined.

Police Constables Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins and civilian pilotDavid Traill were killed when the Eurocopter EC135 helicopter crashed into the roof of theClutha bar at around 10.30pm on November 29.

Seven people inside the bar were also killed. They were named as Robert Jenkins, Mark O'Prey, Colin Gibson, John McGarrigle, Gary Arthur, Samuel McGhee and Joe Cusker.

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