3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

Allen Kenitzer, of the Federal Aviation Authority's Office of Communications, said the aircraft sustained "substantial damage".

He said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene to begin investigating the cause. "People died and were horribly injured", he said. He said he heard gasps and went to check out the commotion coming from about 600 feet (183 meters) below.

A helicopter from Nellis Air Force Base is flying in to assist with the rescue, he said.

The helicopter had seven people on board when it crashed on the Hualapai Nation reservation. Immediately saw two girls. "By the time they did, most of the fire was out". I just felt frightful, you could hear the screaming loudly, even from all that way away. He said the crash aftermath is the worst thing he's ever witnessed.


The helicopter was touring the area in Arizona when it crashed. He told AP that the company has made improvements since then.

On its website, Papillon Airways calls itself as "oldest Grand Canyon helicopter sightseeing company". It also notes that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration".

The source of the crash and the company that owns the carrier have not been identified as of yet, even through the helicopter was indicated in media reports to be an Airbus Eurocopter EC130.

February 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) - Three people are reported to have died Saturday afternoon when a tour helicopter carrying six people and the pilot crashed near the Grand Canyon.

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