Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three
Four survivors are being treated in the nearby hospital.
Three British citizens were killed and four others were in critical condition after a tourist helicopter crashed in a very remote area” of the Grand Canyon, officials said Sunday.
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.”
Three people were killed in the fiery helicopter crash.
Late Sunday, a spokeswoman for the British ministry of Foreign affairs told Sky News that the government is “providing support to 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.”
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.
Four people survived the crash, police said.
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The victims’ identities were not immediately released.
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”.
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
“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.
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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 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
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.
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.