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Tributes to former RAF Odiham pilot killed in Glasgow helicopter crash

David Traill is one of nine people confirmed dead after the police helicopter plunged into the roof of The Clutha bar

The helicopter from the Glasgow crash being transported to Farnborough

Tributes have been paid to a former RAF Odiham pilot killed when a helicopter plunged into the roof of a Glasgow pub.

David Traill served on various squadrons during his time at RAF Odiham and was captain of the Chinook Display Team for the 2007 season.

The former RAF flight lieutenant was one of nine people killed when the Eurocopter EC135 he was piloting crash-landed on top of The Clutha bar in the Scottish city at 10.25pm on Friday November 29.

The Ministry of Defence said 51-year-old Mr Traill was a 'vastly experienced and capable pilot and instructor', who served in Afghanistan, both Gulf Wars, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Falkland Islands.

A spokesman added he served more than 20 years in the RAF and served a number of stints at the Odiham airbase.

Leaving the RAF in September 2008, his final tour was as a qualified helicopter instructor on the Chinook Operational Conversion Flight, 18 (B) Squadron.

RAF Odiham Station Commander, Group Captain Richard Maddison, said: “Although David Traill left the RAF in 2008, many of us served alongside him, both at Odiham and overseas.

"The station is deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts go out to the family and friends of all of those that have been affected by this tragic accident.”

Mr Traill lived in Renfrewshire with his partner Lucy and had been working as a police helicopter pilot for the past four years.

Nine people died in the tragedy, including police officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43, and six people who were in the pub.

Eleven of the 32 people who were injured in the crash are still in hospital.

The wreckage, which was being removed on the morning of December 2, was taken to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) based in Farnborough where experts will try and discover what caused the crash.

 

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