News

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, April 12, 2015. Three are killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

(Reuters )

A tourist helicopter carrying seven people crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday, killing three of the passengers, authorities said.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board of the Papillion helicopter when it crashed around 5:20 pm, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said.

The other four people were treated on the scene for their injuries. No further information was immediately available on their conditions.

UPDATE#2: Another image of the wreckage of the tour helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon. Pic thanks Teddy Fujimoto. @News3LV pic.twitter.com/oyuxxq9HoO

— Gerard Ramalho (@GerardNews3LV) February 11, 2018

It remained unclear why the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said, adding that the helicopter was heavily damaged.

The helicopter was on a tour of the canyon and more than a mile deep as it went, Reuters reported, citing information from KNXV-TV.

After an hour of calling to aerial tour company Papillion was not immediately returned on Saturday.

The website of the company says it will fly about 600,000 passengers a year on journeys of the Grand Canyon and other sites.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular