Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow helicopter crash: Clutha bar tragedy victims

The ten people who died when a police helicopter crashed into a busy Glasgow pub on 29 November.

Gary Arthur, 48, from Paisley, Renfrewshire

Image caption Gary Arthur was inside The Clutha when the helicopter crashed on Friday night

Mr Arthur was the first victim to be formally identified by police. He was in The Clutha when the crash happened.

Police Scotland said in a statement that "the body of a male has been recovered from the scene".

"The male has now been identified as Gary Arthur, aged 48, from the Paisley area. His family have been informed."

Mr Arthur's 18-year-old daughter, Chloe, took to Twitter to pledge that she would make her much-loved father proud.

The under-19 forward for Celtic and Scotland tweeted: "RIP dad. you'll always mean the world to me, I promise to do you proud, I love you with all my heart.

"Thanks to everyone who has tweeted me, text me etc, means so much, I have the most amazing friends ever."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon later added a wreath to the hundreds of floral tributes placed at the site of the crash.

David Traill, 51, from Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

Image caption David Traill was the pilot of the helicopter

David Traill, who was originally from Falkirk, was the pilot of the Eurocopter EC135 T2 aircraft.

Following his death, a post on the Facebook page of his cousin Heather Lawson read: "RIP David Traill my lovely big cousin away far too soon xxx"

Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House said Captain Traill, who was employed by helicopter operator Bond Air Services, had worked with the police for more than four years and "was very much a part of our team".

Bond Air Services said Captain Traill was one of their most experienced pilots and described him as "the epitome of the consummate professional".

The firm said: "Dave Traill was an esteemed colleague, a legend amongst his peers and above all, everyone's friend.

"Never short of a witty comeback, it went hand in hand with his dry sense of humour.

"Taken from us too early, he leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and friendship. We will miss him."

Captain Traill, whose flying career spanned 26 years, was contracted through Bond to work for Police Scotland and the Scottish Air Ambulance.

As a former RAF pilot and instructor, he had 20 years of service flying Chinook helicopters in countries such as Norway and Bosnia.

He served in both Gulf wars and formed part of the Chinook 2007 Display team before joining Bond Air Services as a commercial pilot in 2008.

Kirsty Nelis, 36, from Inverkip, Renfrewshire

Image caption PC Kirsty Nelis had been commended in the past for her bravery

Police officer Kirsty Nelis was also on board the helicopter.

Many of Mrs Nelis' friends on the social networking site Facebook changed their profile pictures to a black square cut across by a thin blue line in remembrance.

Andrina Romano said: "For my beautiful friend Kirsty and all others involved. You will never be forgotten and I will miss you every day. RIP"

Tony Collins, 43

Image caption Tony Collins, and his colleague PC Nelis, had both previously been commended for bravery

Sir Stephen House, the chief constable of Police Scotland, said it was with "great sadness" that he could confirm PC Tony Collins was part of the team on the helicopter when it crashed into the pub.

He said PC Collins and PC Nelis were part of the Police Scotland operational support division - the helicopter unit.

The chief constable paid tribute to the work the police officers and pilot did over the years "keeping Scotland safe".

Both PC Collins and PC Nelis had previously been commended for bravery in different acts.

Samuel McGhee, 56, from Glasgow

Image caption Samuel McGhee was the fifth victim to be named

Samuel McGhee was the second person on the ground to be confirmed dead by police.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick told a news conference: "Our thoughts are with his family and friends tonight as they are with all those affected by this tragedy."

Mr McGhee's daughter Kerry paid tribute to her father on the Police Scotland Facebook page, while urging other families to be patient with the process of naming the victims.

She added: "RIP dad will love you always!"

Colin Gibson, 33, from Ayr

Colin Gibson was the youngest of the nine victims of the helicopter crash.

His details were released by police on Tuesday morning.

Robert Jenkins, 61, from East Kilbride

Robert Jenkins, meanwhile, was the oldest of the victims.

John McGarrigle, 57, from Cumbernauld

John McGarrigle's son, also called John, said his dad - a local at The Clutha for many years - sat in the same seat at the pub every night.

Mark O'Prey, 44, from East Kilbride

Mark O'Prey, along with Mr Gibson, Mr Jenkins and Mr McGarrigle, was among the last of the nine dead to be officially named in the aftermath of the crash.

Joe Cusker, 59, from Cambuslang

Mr Cusker was seriously injured in the tragedy and died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on 12 December - almost two weeks after the crash. He was a voluntary member of the management committee at Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association, having served with the association for about 10 years following his retirement from a career in the housing sector. In a message posted on Twitter, Mr Cusker's step son, David McClemont, said: "On behalf of my family I'd like to thank all the ICU staff at The Royal for the care and support they gave my stepdad Joe Cusker".