• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Helpline set up for Clutha crash victims

A legal helpline has been set up for the victims and families of those caught up in the police helicopter crash which killed 10 people.

The three people on board the helicopter and seven people in the Clutha pub died after the aircraft crashed into the Glasgow bar on November 29.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has set up a helpline to allow union members and their families who have been involved in the disaster to access free legal advice and representation.

It said lawyers employed by trade unions are experts in dealing with the legal implications of accidents such as the Clutha crash and deduct no fee from any compensation.

STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said "The thoughts of the STUC are very much with the families of those who have lost loved ones and the many injured as a result of this awful accident.

"We are launching this helpline to ensure that trade union members and their families who have been involved in the Clutha tragedy can access free expert legal support that's provided through their union.

"Many trade union members may believe that their union's legal services will only help them with problems at work but most provide non-work-related legal support. It's also very important to remember that union lawyers do not deduct any fee for their work."

Nine funerals have been held for those who died.

Helicopter pilot David Traill, 51, was remembered in a service at Glasgow University on December 7, and hundreds of police officers attended funerals last week for Pc Tony Collins, 43, on the Isle of Arran, and Pc Kirsty Nelis, 36, in Glasgow.

Funerals have also been held for the six people who died inside the pub, where live music was being played.

They were Robert Jenkins, 61, Mark O'Prey, 44, Colin Gibson, 33, John McGarrigle, 57, Gary Arthur, 48, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

A 10th person died last week after almost two weeks in hospital.

Joe Cusker, 59, from Cambuslang, died on Thursday at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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

Last week Bond Air Services temporarily suspended flights of the model of helicopter that crashed on the pub after a defect was discovered on a recent flight while safety checks were carried out.

Contextual targeting label: 
Transport Tragedy

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

200383