Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three

Saul Bowman
February 12, 2018

Bradley said four people remain at the scene and have been classified as "level one trauma patients".

It remained unclear why the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft crashed, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said, adding that the helicopter was heavily damaged. Federal authorities are expected to investigate the incident.

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.

Images of the crash site online showed flames and black smoke shooting from a ravine.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the survivors were taken to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2am today.

He earlier told U.S. media that the local terrain had hampered rescue efforts overnight.

The Foreign Office said it was providing support to their families and those of three more Britons who were injured. He said some pilots of helicopters that were also out there made a decision to try descending into the gulch.

The tour company released a statement Sunday, promising full cooperation with crash investigators and offering sympathy.

Mr Fujimoto said he was left numbed by what he had seen. He said one of them "was pretty much burned all over".

Earlier reports said the helicopter was carrying six passengers and the pilot. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

The company's website says it flies about 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours.

KPHO reported the FAA and the NTSB were on the scene.

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