Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims identified, British tourist, dreamed of being a veterinary nurse



Helicopter crash victims identified

The NTSB investigation to the Grand Canyon crash.

The three victims of a deadly helicopter crash in a remote area of the Grand Canyon were identified by the authorities Monday, as the survivors of the wreck stayed in a Nevada hospital.

The Hualapai Nation Police Department said Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, were killed when the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper — that was ferrying British tourists — crashed due to unknown circumstances Saturday night at the Hualapai Nation land near Quartermaster Canyon, the Grand Canyon West Rim.

Dobson was a receptionist at a veterinary practice in the seaside English town of Worthing, and had previously been an au pair in Australia, according to Sky News.

Becky Dobson, 27, worked in a veterinary practice in an English coastal village.


Dobson had described her favorite things, such as working with her horse, Buddy, and traveling in a profile on the practice of the website, adding her dream was to be a veterinary nurse.

Jason Hill, a lawyer, and his younger brother Stuart, a Mercedes salesman, had saved up for what they thought the journey of your life, family members told The Evening Standard.

Their father, the Reverend David Hill, told the newspaper that the Six of them went for my son’s 30th birthday. They had saved for a year, and it was a helicopter accident. We are absolutely devastated.”

On the photo: three British victims of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash

— Evening Standard (@standardnews) February 12, 2018

Hill added that the two brothers “loved each other” and the only consolation is that the two went together.”

“They were really loved by many people. They were very close, and as parents, we feel blessed to have had, but a light really been out,” Hill told The Standard.

The four survivors of the crash, 42-year-old pilot Scott Both, Ellie Milward, 29; Jonathan Udall, 32; and Jennifer Barham, 39, remained in a Las Vegas hospital in critical condition.


“We are providing support for the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident in the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the AMERICAN emergency services,” a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman told Sky News.

Windy conditions, the darkness and the rugged terrain made it difficult to reach the helicopter wreck, Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley said. Rescuers had to fly in, walk to the crash site and the use of night vision goggles to find their way, ” he said.

A survivor, right, walks away from the scene of a fatal tour helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon.


A witness of the crash on the canyon of jagged rocks said he saw flames and black smoke rising from the crash site, heard explosions and saw victims who were bleeding and badly burned.

“It’s terrible,” witness Teddy Fujimoto, a Las Vegas photographer who was busy with a wedding to shoot at the time of the crash, told the Associated Press. “And that victims — she was so badly burned. It is unimaginable, the pain.”

The tour company that is involved in the deadly crash promised full cooperation with crash investigators and offered her sympathy.

Emergency services arrive at the scene of a deadly helicopter crash in Arizona.


“It is with extreme sadness we extend our deepest condolences to the families involved in this accident,” Papillon Group CEO Brenda Halvorson said in a statement. “Our first priority is the care and the wishes of our passengers and our employees.”

The Nevada-based company’s website says it will fly about 600,000 passengers per year around the Grand Canyon and other trips. It 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.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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