Scotland

Your most-read Scottish stories of 2013

The BBC Scotland news website has looked back at our most-read stories of 2013.

Here is the top 10, with the ranking based on the number of page views:

1. Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow's Clutha bar

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionThe tenth victim died in hospital six days after the crash

The events of 29 November led to the five most-read stories of the year. It is a mark of the shock caused by the tragedy that it became by far the most-read story ever produced by the Scottish news website team.

The three people on board the police helicopter - two officers and a civilian pilot - died when the aircraft dropped from the sky over Glasgow city centre on a busy Friday night. It crashed through the roof of the crowded Clutha bar, killing another seven people who were inside the pub.

Glasgow helicopter crash: 'Multiple injuries' at Clutha pub

As it happened: Glasgow helicopter crash

Glasgow helicopter crash: Eight dead at Clutha pub

Glasgow helicopter crash: Ninth body found

Glasgow helicopter crash: Aircraft removed from pub

Glasgow helicopter crash: Clutha death toll rises to 10

2. The Grangemouth Dispute

Image caption The refinery and petrochemical plants employ a total of 1,370 workers and many more contractors

The industrial dispute at Grangemouth was another massive story which registered three separate entries in our top 10 of the year, although we have decided to include them all in one.

Although the dispute had been brewing for months, it was the events which took place over three days at the end of October which were so extraordinary.

On 23 October, Ineos announced that the petrochemical plant at the giant Grangemouth complex was to close with the loss of about 800 jobs, after workers rejected a "survival plan" to end their final salary pension scheme and cut shift allowances.

The following day the Unite union agreed to "embrace" the firm's proposals "warts and all".

This led to a dramatic change of heart by Ineos management, who agreed to keep the plant open and invest £300m in new shale gas facilities.

Ineos founder and chairman Jim Ratcliffe said it was "a victory for common sense".

Grangemouth dispute: Ineos says petrochemical plant will close

Grangemouth dispute: Hopes rise after Unite accepts survival plan

Grangemouth dispute: Ineos says plant will stay open

3. Shetland helicopter crash

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionRNLI rescue footage shows how close the wreckage was to the shore

In August, a Super Puma helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea near Shetland. Four North Sea oil rig workers died when the helicopter "suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing".

Three missing after helicopter crashes off Shetland

Shetland helicopter crash: Four dead named

4. Rob Auton's chocolate joke is Fringe 'funniest'

Image caption Comedian Rob Auton was given the award for his chocolate bar joke

Proving that website readers appreciate the lighter side of life, Rob Auton's award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe is high on the most-read list.

He won for the joke: "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

We didn't say it was funny. We just said he won a prize. There are other jokes here if you want a reminder.

Rob Auton's chocolate joke is Fringe 'funniest'

5. Scottish independence: Referendum White Paper unveiled

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionFirst Minister Alex Salmond: "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands."

It is rare for a political story to trouble our annual most-read list, but the launch of the White Paper marked a shift in gear on the journey towards next September's independence referendum.

At the end of November, First Minister Alex Salmond launched his government's independence blueprint, calling it a "mission statement" for the future.

The 670-page White Paper promised a "revolution" in social policy, with childcare at its heart.

Scottish independence: Referendum White Paper unveiled

6. David Coulthard's sister Lynsay Jackson found dead at her home

Image caption David Coulthard's sister died suddenly in her south of Scotland home

In February, we reported the sudden death of former Formula One driver David Coulthard's sister.

The 35-year-old was found in her home in the village of Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire.

David Coulthard's sister Lynsay Jackson found dead at her home

7. Body taken to Raigmore Hospital mortuary 'showed signs of life'

Image caption The man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness

An inquiry was launched in June after a body taken to a hospital mortuary showed "potential signs of life".

The man had fallen from the Kessock Bridge in Inverness and, after attempts to resuscitate him, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An undertaker took the body to Raigmore Hospital where, during routine checks, staff became concerned that the man was showing "potential signs of life".

However, the man was later pronounced dead.

Body taken to Raigmore Hospital mortuary 'showed signs of life'

8. BAE Systems cuts 1,775 jobs at English and Scottish shipyards

Image caption The BAE yard at Govan in Glasgow was one of the yards to be hit by the cuts

Huge job cuts at shipyards operated by BAE Systems were announced at the start of November.

The contractor said it was going to cut 1,775 staff jobs at its yards in Scotland and England and end shipbuilding altogether at Portsmouth.

The firm said 940 staff posts and 170 agency workers would go at the Portsmouth site, which will retain repairs and maintenance work.

Some 835 jobs will be lost at yards in Govan and Scotstoun, on the River Clyde in Glasgow, and Rosyth in Fife and at the firm's Filton office, near Bristol.

The cuts followed a drop in work after the end of aircraft carriers work.

BAE Systems cuts 1,775 jobs at English and Scottish shipyards

9 Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionIn his last interview Iain Banks told Kirsty Wark he was surprised by the level of reaction to his announcement that he had late stage cancer.

In April, Scottish novelist Iain Banks revealed that he had late stage cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year.

The 59-year-old author of the Crow Road and the Wasp Factory posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry would be his last.

In his last TV interview he told the BBC's Kirsty Wark he was astonished by the tributes left on his blog and it was great to appreciate while he was still alive.

Banks, who was born in Dunfermline, Fife, died in early June.

Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59

10 Airliner 'had narrow miss with UFO'

Image caption An Airbus A320 was at risk of collision with the unidentified object

In May, a report by the UK Airprox Board revealed that a passenger aircraft had a narrow miss with an unidentified object over Glasgow.

The Airbus A320 was making its final approach to Glasgow Airport on 2 December 2012 when an object passed about 300ft underneath it.

The pilot of the aircraft said the risk of collision with the object, which did not show up on radar, had been "high".

Airliner 'had narrow miss with UFO'

More on this story