Unbearable shock and pain

Sophie Wallace

Sophie Wallace

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It was genuinely like something that would happen in a film.

A bunch of people sitting in a pub, having a good time, and then a helicopter comes slicing down, devastating the whole area.

I was sitting in my bed on Friday night talking to boyfriend when the BBC News app on my iPod popped up with the headline ‘Helicopter Crashes into Glasgow Pub. More details to follow...’

I find it absolutely terrifying that something so out of the ordinary could happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time. The people in that pub only wanted a quiet drink. Of course they weren’t expecting a helicopter to tear down their surroundings.

The panic that the crew members on the helicopter felt must’ve been horrific. Imagine knowing that you’re going to crash, that you’re spinning out of control and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The fear that they must’ve had because they knew that something horrible would be the consequence would’ve been spine-chilling. Nine people by now have been confirmed dead, and so many more are in hospital critically injured. That’s nine families who’ll have an empty seat at the dinner table. The shock and pain that they must be going through must be unbearable. The people that survived, they’ll be traumatised for the rest of their lives. Imagine seeing that. Even just writing about it makes me feel queasy, so I can’t even begin to think about how those witnesses must feel.

Even those in the surrounding area. The horror of knowing you can’t do anything to stop what was about to happen. All their lives have changed.

Now everyone just wants answers. Why did it crash? Is everybody out? Have there been any more bodies found?

The emergency services have been unbelievable. The effort they put in to recovering as many people as possible is unreal, the job they’re doing is fantastic.

Only time is going to tell what will happen with regards to this horrific accident. But to those whose lives have changed forever – stay strong. Things will heal in time.