Worthing woman among victims of Grand Canyon helicopter crash

12 February, 2018, 16:21 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Burning wreckage at the crash site in Arizona.   Teddy Fujimoto via AP

The Nevada-based company whose tour helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people on board and injuring four others, says it cooperating fully with investigators.

Hualapai Police chief Francis Bradley said: "It's a very tragic incident".

It is not clear what caused the crash.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. The tour had stopped at Quartermaster Canyon and was on its way back to Las Vegas, where the tour began when the helicopter crashed.

Police said Britons Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, were injured in the crash, along with pilot Scott Booth, 42.

Brenda Halvorson, the CEO of Papillon Group, said: "It is extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy ot the families involved in this accident".

She also says Papillon's top priority is the care and needs of its passengers and staff.

Teddy Fujimoto told CNN affiliate KSNV he was in the area taking photographs when he witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

The three people who died in the crash were identified by authorities as 27-year-old Becky Dobson, 32-year-old Jason Hill and 30-year-old Stuart Hill.

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A helicopter crashed over the Grand Canyon on Saturday night.

Authorities said all four were level 1 trauma patients.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley says navigating the rugged terrain in the dark made it hard for first-responders to reach the helicopter's wreckage.

The identities and nationalities of the seven aboard weren't immediately released.

Photos of the crash scene showed flames and dark smoke rising from rocky terrain.

Three people killed in today's Grand Canyon helicopter crash were from the United Kingdom, according to authorities in Arizona.

The circumstances surrounding the crash - on the West Rim of the Canyon - are now unknown.

On its website, Papillon calls itself "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year.

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