By the CNN Staff
The wreckage of the police helicopter that plunged into a bustling Glasgow pub over the weekend was slowly lifted off the building Monday as recovery crews scoured for more victims.
So far, authorities in Scotland have found nine victims at the site. They fear they will discover more remains as they gingerly lift bits of debris from the destroyed Clutha Bar downtown.
"The operation at the site is difficult and complex and great care and sensitivity is required in order to preserve the integrity of the site which is part of our investigation," Police Scotland said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
The Clutha Bar was packed with about 150 people listening to a band Friday night when the crash occurred. Twelve of the 32 people hurt remained in hospitals across Glasgow on Sunday, and the body of another victim was found late Sunday morning, police said. The remains of the latest victim had not yet been identified.
Fatalities in helicopter, pub
Far more people would have been endangered just a short walk away in Glasgow's central shopping district, said Gordon Smart, editor of Scottish Sun newspaper.
From a nearby parking deck, Smart watched the helicopter tumble into the bar.
He waited for an explosion and fireball, but there was an "eerie silence" instead, he said.
A blast might have killed hundreds in the busy area, Smart said.
"It's a miracle that more people didn't die," he said.
The outcome was still grim: two police officers and a civilian pilot killed, and six others dead in the pub. Among the victims was Gary Arthur, the 48-year-old father of Chloe Arthur, who plays for the Celtic Football Club based in Glasgow.
"RIP dad. You'll always mean the world to me, I promise to do you proud," she tweeted. "I love you with all my heart."
The soccer team paid tribute to him and the other victims of the crash.
"He was regularly seen at Celtic matches, watching his daughter," the club said in a statement. It was unclear whether he was in the pub or in the helicopter.
The recovery operation will continue for "many days," Chief Constable Stephen House of Police Scotland said. Police Scotland appealed the public for "any photographs, audio or video footage they have of the incident or surroundings areas."
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