3 die, others hurt in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

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3 die, others hurt in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

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.

Chief Bradley said a Papillion Airways aircraft carrying a pilot and six passengers crashed in the Quartermaster Canyon sometime around 5:20 p.m. There were a total of seven people on board, including the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

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

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.

Papillon Airways describes itself on its website as "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and adds that it provides "the only way to tour the Grand Canyon". Three have been killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the organization was assisting the National Park Service with the crash. The cause of the crash is now unknown.

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