Crash into Bar

Police helicopter crashes into busy Scottish pub, fatalities likely

Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow, Scotland November 30, 2013. REUTERS-Russell Cheyne

LONDON (Reuters) – A police helicopter crashed into a pub in Glasgow on Friday night, causing multiple injuries as dust and debris was thrown across the busy drinking hole during a concert, eye witnesses said.

Scotland ‘s first minister, Alex Salmond, said people should prepare for the likelihood of fatalities. Three people were on board the helicopter, police said.

The helicopter spiraled into the Clutha pub on the banks of the River Clyde, collapsing part of the roof but the aircraft did not appear to have caught fire, witnesses said.

“It was fairly busy, we were all having a nice time and then there was like a whoosh noise,” Grace MacLean, who was in the pub at the time of impact, told the BBC.

“There was no bang, no explosion and then there was what seemed like smoke and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down and then it started to come down more and someone started screaming and the whole pub filled with dust and you couldn’t see anything, you couldn’t breathe.”

Police said two officers and one civilian pilot were on board the 12-metre (40 ft) Eurocopter EC135 T2.

Footage from the scene showed the mangled helicopter embedded in the roof of the pub surrounded by dozens of emergency vehicles.

A member of Parliament from the opposition Labour party described a “horrible scene” immediately after the crash though he praised bystanders who formed human chains to rescue revelers.

“It’s a horrible, horrible scene, but well done to the folk who were here. Everyone formed a chain of people from inside the pub to outside, and the fire brigade and everyone were here very quickly,” said the MP, Jim Murphy.

“Given an incident of this scale we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities,” said Salmond.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said his thoughts were with those affected by the crash.

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Key Terms…
  • injuries ↔ ferimentos
  • dust ↔ poeira
  • debris ↔ detritos
  • thrown across ↔ espalhado
  • drinking hole ↔ bar (gíria)
  • eye witnesses ↔ testemunhas oculares
  • spiraled ↔ espiralou
  • on the banks of ↔ nas margens do
  • collapsing ↔ desmoronando
  • roof ↔ telhado
  • caught fire ↔ pegou fogo
  • fairly busy ↔ bastante movimentada
  • whoosh ↔ som sibilante
  • bang ↔ estrondo
  • smoke ↔ fumaça
  • joking ↔ brincando
  • come down ↔ cair
  • praised ↔ elogiou
  • bystanders ↔ espectadores
  • human chains ↔ correntes humanas
  • rescue ↔ resgatar
  • revelers ↔ foliões
  • folk ↔ povo
  • likelihood ↔ probabilidade

 

thrown across espalhado
Usually, “across” means from one side to another, but here, clearly dust and debris has spread everywhere (por toda parte).
collapsing desmoronando
The building collapsed after the fire. ↔O prédio desmoronou (or: ruiu) após o incêndio.
whoosh som sibilante
the sound of something flying by very quickly
the noise produced by the sudden rush of a fluid (a gas or liquid)
From our separate booths, we watched the skiers whoosh down the Idaho mountain.  
From inside, Karin McKemey heard a whoosh, glanced out and saw her son in flames.  
come down cair
The particle “down” in this phrasal verb refers to movement.

Similar phrasal verbs are “knock down” (desmoronar), “pull down” (puxar para baixo), “sink down” (afundar), and “touch down” (aterrissar)
revelers foliões
For a whole week, the city fills with revelers in an environment of friendship and peace ↔Durante uma semana a cidade se enche de foliões em clima de confraternização e paz
likelihood probabilidade
There’s a strong likelihood that he will run for president next year.
The likelihood of developing cancer is increased in people who smoke.

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