Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three
Four survivors are being treated in the nearby hospital.
Three people were killed and four others are in critical condition after a tourist helicopter crashed in a very remote area” of the Grand Canyon on Sunday, the officials said.
Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley told the Associated Press that six passengers and a pilot on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday near Quartermaster Canyon, located in the vicinity of Grand Canyon West Rim.
“First responders had to be flown in and walk to the crash site,” he told the AP. “Quartermaster Canyon is a very remote area. We had to call in the specially trained crews — people with night-vision goggles.”
UPDATE: the Four patients of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash in critical condition this morning, according to the UMC Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/KDKTLn5hFz
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) February 11, 2018
The four survivors of the crash, which were “level 1 trauma patients,” were airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, according to Bradley. The UMC Hospital in Las Vegas told FOX10 the four people in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash are in critical condition.
Photographer Teddy Fujimoto took this photo of the helicopter crash in the #grandcanyon. A pilot and six passengers were reportedly on board. Three people are confirmed dead. @FAANews examines @FOX10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/G1dR08dYcP
— Anita Roman Fox 10 (@ANITAROMANFOX10) February 11, 2018
The police chief said rescue workers were hampered by high winds and the darkness Saturday night, together with the rugged terrain, but now the officials are in the “the recovery and study-mode”.
The identity and nationality of the dead and injured were not immediately released by the authorities.
“This morning, our hearts and our prayers are with the victims of this tragic accident in the Grand Canyon, as well as the caregivers and physicians involved in critical rescue operations,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted early Sunday.
This morning, our hearts and our prayers are with the victims of this tragic accident in the Grand Canyon, as well as the caregivers and physicians involved in critical care assistance https://t.co/ZSgTkLxpXs
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 11, 2018
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Wind in the area picked up in the Saturday afternoon with gusts up to 45 km / h, but the cause of the crash is not immediately known.
The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter was the investigation of the crash 3 miles east of the Grand Canyon West Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration will also be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
The NTSB investigation into the crash yesterday of Eurocopter EC130 B4 in Peach Springs, Arizona, 3 km east of the Grand Canyon West Airport.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) February 11, 2018
Phone calls and e-mails to Nevada on the basis of Papillon for comment by Fox News on the crash were not immediately returned Sunday.
The website of the company says it will fly about 600,000 passengers per year around the Grand Canyon and other trips.
It also notes that “it is committed to the safety of the flight rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.