UK investigators: No emergency call from chopper

December 2, 2013 - 6:05 PM
APTOPIX Britain Helicopter Crash

Scottish Fire and Rescue services look on at the helicopter being lifted from the scene Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, following the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish emergency workers were sifting through wreckage over the weekend for survivors of a police helicopter crash onto a crowded Glasgow pub that has killed nine people and injured more than two dozen. The Clutha pub, near the banks of the River Clyde, was packed Friday night and a ska band was in full swing when the chopper slammed through the roof. The number of fatalities is expected to rise, officials said. (AP Photo)

LONDON (AP) — The pilot of a Scottish police helicopter did not put out any emergency calls before crashing through the roof of a crowded Glasgow pub, killing nine people, investigators said Monday.

Authorities used a crane to remove the wreckage of the helicopter from the roof of The Clutha pub where it crashed on Friday night.

The helicopter's crew — a civilian pilot and two police officers on board — died in the accident. Six other people died.

Officials said late Monday they had finished a search and rescue operation at the scene and there are no further fatalities in the rubble.

David Miller, deputy chief inspector of Air Accident Investigations, did not offer a cause for the crash, saying the probe is just beginning.

"We just haven't had a chance yet to have a detailed look at the systems," he told reporters.

Miller said there was no data recorder on board and that the pilot did not make emergency transmissions. There was no explosion or fire, he said.

He said investigators will analyze the helicopter's systems and radar data — which can tell the height and speed of the helicopter in the latter stages of its flight — for clues about what brought the aircraft down.

Authorities say 12 people remain hospitalized with injuries from the accident, three of whom are in intensive care.