Three British tourists have been killed after a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon over the weekend.
Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. Saturday on the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon. The hospitalized passengers were identified as Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, according to the police news release.
Three people killed in today's Grand Canyon helicopter crash were from the United Kingdom, according to authorities in Arizona.
The helicopter was on a tour of the canyon, one of the top US tourist destinations and more than a mile (1.6 km) deep, when it went down, a dispatcher for the Hualapai Department of Emergency Services told Phoenix television station KNXV. Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation.
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FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer earlier said the aircraft sustained considerable damage in the crash.
Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley says the survivors all were taken to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2 a.m. Sunday.
It is not the first time the authorities have investigated a fatal helicopter crash involving the tour operator.
The only access to the crash site was by helicopter or on foot by hiking 20-miles. The pilot and five passengers were killed; one passenger survived, the NTSB report shows.
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Quasula told KNXV that the helicopter was on a tour of the popular natural attraction when it crashed and that other people suffered unknown injuries. It also notes that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration".
In 1999, a helicopter operated by the company hit a tree, killing the pilot and seriously injuring an instructor.
NTSB investigators determined the probable cause of the 2001 crash was pilot error. "Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area".
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