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Clutha crash inquiry hears from fuel system expert

Holger Mendrick is employed by Airbus and has worked on the type of helicopter which crashed into the Glasgow pub in 2013.

The Clutha bar in Glasgow was largely destroyed after a police helicopter crashed on to the roof in November 2013 (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The Clutha bar in Glasgow was largely destroyed after a police helicopter crashed on to the roof in November 2013 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A fatal accident inquiry into a helicopter crash in Glasgow which killed 10 people has heard from a fuel system expert.

Holger Mendick gave details of how much fuel could be stored within the type of aircraft which crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in November 2013.

The compliance verification engineer for Airbus has worked specifically on the EC135 helicopter.

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An inquiry into the incident found a fuel warning had occurred in the cockpit (PA)

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report published in 2015 found two fuel supply switches were off and the pilot did not follow emergency procedures after a fuel warning in the cockpit.

Mr Mendick described how much fuel could be stored in each tank and how the positioning of sensors in them are slightly different.

More than 100 people were at the Clutha Vaults pub when the helicopter, returning to its base on the banks of the River Clyde, crashed through the roof.

The inquiry before sheriff principal Craig Turnbull, which is being held at Hampden Park, continues.

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