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AAIB report on Clutha tragedy

Published: 23 Oct 2015 10:20
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Law and order

Ministerial joint response following publication of report.

Following the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report on the helicopter crash at The Clutha Vaults Bar, Glasgow, the First Minister and Justice Secretary have made the following statements.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"Our thoughts continue to be with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Clutha tragedy. I had previously called for this report to be made public as soon as possible and I therefore welcome the fact that has now happened. However, it is deeply disappointing that after two years of investigation the report does not reach a clearer conclusion - indeed in some respects, it seems to raise more questions than it answers. I therefore share the disappointment of the families that it does not provide the closure they sought and hope that the FAI that the Crown Office has now said will happen as soon as possible, can help the families get the answers they seek.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, said:

"The Scottish Government once again offers its deepest condolences to those who lost family and friends in the events at the Clutha bar. I welcome the fact that an FAI will be held as soon as possible and I urge the UK Government to ensure the Civil Aviation Authority implements the report's recommendations swiftly. Any steps that could help prevent another tragedy like this one must be taken."


Notes to editors

Contact

Holly Gilfether, holly.gilfether@gov.scot, 07837 060 882