8 dead in police helicopter crash onto Glasgow pub

LONDON (AP) - Scotland's national holiday has been transformed into a day of mourning as emergency crews search the ruins of a Glasgow pub smashed by a falling police helicopter.

At least eight people are dead and more than a dozen hospitalized with serious injuries. Five of those killed were in the pub and three were on the aircraft.

The numbers could change as the rescue and recovery operation continues. Authorities say they won't know for sure if there are more victims in the building until the wreckage of the helicopter is removed. That process could take days.

Police say the pub was packed with well over 100 people when the crash occurred last night, on the eve of St. Andrew's Day.

The holiday, named for the patron saint of Scotland, is normally a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Instead, Scotland's leader ordered flags at government buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

First Minister Alex Salmond called it "a black day for Glasgow and Scotland" but also a day to "take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy."

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