Three die as helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

A tourist helicopter crashed into the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing three people and injuring four others, local police said.

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

The incident was confirmed to have occurred in the Grand Canyon West area at about 00:20 GMT.

Bradley said Saturday night that the four injured people could not immediately be transported by air due to 50 miles per hour wind gusts, but state department of public safety helicopters were at the scene.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors due to windy, dark, and rugged conditions, Bradley said.

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Dispatch received the emergency call regarding the crash at 5:31 p.m.

The National Park Service and Hualapai Nation authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to reports, the place was reportedly carrying six passengers and a pilot. He did not name which company the helicopter was part of. "People died and were horribly injured", he said.

National Transportation Safety Board officials will investigate what caused the copter to go down, Bradley said. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said. It started operating out of Boulder City Airport in 2004 and opened a 45,000-square-foot base there in 2009.

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