10th death after helicopter crash

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A 10th person has died following the helicopter crash at the Clutha bar in Glasgow.

Joe Cusker, 59, from Cambuslang, had been receiving treatment in hospital since the crash on November 29.

He died earlier today at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Police Scotland said.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm the number of people who died when the helicopter came down on the Clutha Vaults pub has increased to 10.

"Our thoughts are with the families at this difficult time and we will continue to provide support to them, as we have done for all of the bereaved."

The news came shortly after the funerals of two of the victims were held.

Friends and family had gathered to remember Colin Gibson, 33, and Robert Jenkins, 61, who were customers in the bar when the police helicopter crashed through the roof.

Eight funerals have so far been held for the victims, with a ninth planned for tomorrow.

Mr Cusker is the seventh person inside the bar to have died. The three crew travelling in the helicopter also died.

Pilot David Traill, 51, and police officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43, were on board the aircraft as it returned from an operation in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

The other people who died in the bar were Mark O'Prey, 44, John McGarrigle, 57, Gary Arthur,48, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

It has not yet been established what caused the helicopter to fall from the sky, although investigators say initial evidence rules out engine or gear box failure.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, said: "I am sure that everyone in Scotland will join with me in expressing our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joe Cusker, the 10th person who has died as a result of the Clutha Vaults helicopter crash.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost a loved one following this terrible tragedy and with those who remain in hospital."

More than 30 people were taken to hospitals across Glasgow after the crash.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said five remain in hospital and are being treated for a range of injuries.

A spokeswoman said: "Two patients are receiving treatment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary whilst a further three patients remain at the Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit at the Southern General Hospital.

"The range of injuries being treated include bone fractures, spinal injuries, lacerations, chest injuries and head injuries."

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