No sign of engine failure in Glasgow crash helicopter: Investigators

LONDON (REUTERS) - An initial examination of a helicopter that crashed into a pub in Glasgow killing nine people and injuring 32 has found no evidence of engine or gear box failure, Britain's air accident investigator said on Monday.

The Eurocopter EC135 T2, made by a subsidiary of aerospace group Eads, dropped from the sky onto the Clutha pub in Scotland's biggest city last month while more than 100 people were crammed inside, killing all three crew and six others.

"Initial assessment provided no evidence of major mechanical disruption of either engine and indicated that the main rotor gearbox was capable of providing drive from the No 2 engine power turbine to the main rotos and to the fenestron drive shaft," the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The AAIB said a detailed examination of the helicopter was ongoing.

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