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Eleven still in hospital as bodies of Glasgow crash victims released to families

The search and recovery operation at the Clutha has now ended. The final death toll stands at 9.

POLICE IN SCOTLAND say eleven people are still in hospital as a result of last Friday’s horrific helicopter crash.

The final death toll from the tragedy has been confirmed as nine, and police say the search and recovery operation at the Clutha pub has now ended.

The final four names of those killed have been confirmed, and the bodies of the deceased are now being released to their families. The four are: Robert Jenkins, 61, Mark O’Prey, 44, both from East Kilbride, Colin Gibson (33) of Ayr, and John McGarrigle (57) from Cumbernauld.

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

"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."

She said management of the incident had now been handed over to Glasgow City Council. The police and Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigations are both continuing.

Three people on board the police helicopter were killed, along with six people inside the pub when the craft came down at around 10.25pm on Friday. There were around 120 people in the venue, and a gig was in progress.

The craft was pulled free of the building yesterday. Emergency service workers formed a guard of honour as it was hauled away on the back of a truck.

Of the eleven who remain in hospital, three are in intensive care, while another three are being treated for spinal injuries.

Billy Connolly was amongst the many Glaswegians to leave flowers at the scene of the crash.

According to the BBC, the comedian said he had spent "many happy hours" in the Clutha, which he described as a "good music pub".

He said that the crash had been "dreadful" but that Glasgow had "really risen to the occasion," adding - "I am very proud to be Glaswegian".

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    First Minister Alex Salmond signs the book of condolence at Glasgow City Chambers for those who died in the Clutha bar helicopter crash in Glasgow on Friday night.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Chief Superintendant Andy Bates (right) Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow with Scottish Fire and Rescue's Area Commander for Glasgow George McGrandles lay flowers near the Clutha bar helicopter crash scene in Glasgow.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    The wreckage of the police three-tonne Eurocopter is taken away by lorry after being lifted from the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow following the crash which killed at least nine people.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Police officers line the street as the wreckage of the police three-tonne Eurocopter is taken away by lorry after being lifted from the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow following the crash which killed at least nine people.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Members of the emergency services prepare to form a guard of honour as the wreckage of the police three-tonne Eurocopter is taken away by lorry after being lifted from the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow following the crash which killed at least nine people.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Glasgow helicopter crash

    A police officer leaves flowers as the wreckage of the police three-tonne Eurocopter is taken away by lorry after being lifted from the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow following the crash which killed at least nine people.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg signs the book of condolence at Glasgow City Chambers for those who died in the Clutha bar helicopter crash in Glasgow on Friday night.Source: WPA-Rota/Press Association Images
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    Fire Service Chaplain Father Jim Thomson lights a candle in St Andrews Cathedral for the nine people who lost their lives in the Clutha bar helicopter crash in Glasgow on Friday night.Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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