AN AYR man killed in the Clutha disaster died after being crushed by the helicopter, an inquiry has heard.

Colin Gibson, 33, an immigration officer from Ayr, was trapped by rubble, debris and part of the Police Scotland helicopter when he was discovered by firefighters on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Mr Gibson was formally pronounced dead at 13:35 the day after the crash. His cause of death was recorded as "traumatic asphyxia".

Last week Colin's family told the Clutha Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) he lost his life because he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

A statement was read out on their behalf at the beginning of the FAI on April 8.

The inquiry aims to find out the full circumstances around the Police Scotland helicopter crash that claimed 10 lives in Glasgow in November 2013.

It commenced with a minute’s silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

A statement from Colin’s family said: “If you were lucky enough to meet him, you knew you had as he left a lasting impression on you.

“Ever since he was a young boy he enjoyed helping people. He had never visited the Clutha bar before. Colin just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He had many plans for the future and now we will never know."

Colin was the youngest of 10 killed in the incident. He was out celebrating a friend’s birthday when the police helicopter came crashing through the pub’s roof.

The Crown Office has previously said there is insufficient evidence for criminal proceedings. A total of 57 Crown witnesses are expected to give evidence at the inquiry.

Police have taken more than 2,000 statements as part of preparations for the FAI, while the Crown has around 1,400 productions.

The inquiry is expected to involve around three months of evidence spread over six calendar months this year.