At 2222 hrs on 29 November 2013 a Eurocopter EC135 T2+ helicopter, operating in support of police operations, descended onto the roof of The Clutha Vaults bar, on Stockwell Street in central Glasgow. The roof collapsed and the helicopter came to rest embedded in the single storey building. The three occupants of the helicopter and six people in or adjacent to the bar were fatally injured. Thirty-two other people suffered injuries, twelve seriously. One of those seriously injured subsequently died of his injuries on 12 December 2013.
AAIB Special Bulletin S9/2013 was published on 9 December 2013 to provide initial information on the AAIB’s investigation and the circumstances of the accident. This Special Bulletin is published to provide more factual information and an update on the progress of the investigation. No analysis of the facts is attempted.