A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Clutha helicopter crash has heard details of how two East Renfrewshire men died.

Colin Gibson, 33, from Neilston, and 43-year-old policeman Tony Collins, from Clarkston, were among 10 people killed when a Police Scotland helicopter crashed through the roof of the Clutha pub, in Glasgow, at about 10.22pm on Friday, November 29, 2013.

A joint minute was read on the third day of the FAI at the city's Hampden Park which agreed the times and causes of death.

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The inquiry was told Mr Gibson, who worked as an immigration officer, was trapped by rubble, debris and part of the helicopter when he was discovered by firefighters.

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He was formally pronounced dead at 1.35pm the following day and his cause of death was recorded as "traumatic asphyxia."

PC Collins, who was on board the helicopter as a police air observer, was found in the rear passenger seat of the aircraft, which, according to the joint minute, "descended at a high rate onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults, causing it to collapse."

He had no pulse when he was discovered by firefighters shortly after 11pm.

The court heard he was positioned behind the pilot and trapped within the wreckage.

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PC Collins, who had 18 years' service, was formally pronounced dead at 10.49am the following day.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was head, neck and chest injuries.

The inquiry heard samples taken from PC Collins for a toxicology report found negative results for alcohol or drugs.

The purpose of the FAI is to determine the cause of the deaths, establish whether they could have been prevented and enable the sheriff to make recommendations that could prevent fatalities in similar circumstances.

The inquiry, which will resume next Wednesday, is expected to involve around three months of evidence, spread over six calendar months.