A COURT is hearing from the pilot who flew a Police Scotland helicopter on the day it crashed through the roof of the Clutha pub.

Captain George Young, a pilot for Babcock, flew aircraft G-SPAO during the day shift on November 29, 2013.

Later that night, while captained by pilot David Traill, the helicopter fell from the sky into the Clutha Vaults, killing three on board and a further seven in the pub.


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The inquiry, before Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull, had adjourned in June to accommodate events at Hampden Park, where a temporary court has been installed.

Today is the first day of the FAI after the break and evidence has so far been lead by Procurator Fiscal Depute Sean Smith QC.

This week evidence is expected to be heard from a number of pilots giving expert testimony.

Mr Young, who told the court he learned to fly in Long Beach, California, in 1996, is a Chief Training Captain for Babcock, the firm that took over Bond shortly after the Clutha crash.


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He has so far told the court of the flights taken on the day of the crash, which involved travelling to Inverness and near Dingwall in a missing person search.

These passed without incident.

Pilot David Traill, 51; PC Tony Collins, 43; and PC Kirsty Nelis, 36, died along with seven customers who were in the bar, Gary Arthur, 48; Joe Cusker, 59; Colin Gibson, 33; Robert Jenkins, 61; John McGarrigle, 58; Samuel McGhee, 56; and Mark O'Prey, 44.

The inquiry continues this afternoon.