Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three

12 February, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

A tourist helicopter has crashed in Arizona's the Grand Canyon, killing three people and injuring four.

Three people died when the EC-130 went down at 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. ET) Saturday near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Nation.

The four survivors were rushed to a hospital as level one trauma patients, the Associated Press reported, meaning they had critical, life-threatening injuries. FAA Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed "under unknown circumstances" and sustained substantial damage.

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He did not have details of the crash.

Papillion Airways is based in the Las Vegas area.

Images of the crash site online showed flames and black smoke shooting from a ravine.

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He said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene to begin investigating the cause. It additionally noticed that it "submits to flight wellbeing guidelines and directions that significantly surpass the controls required by the Federal Aviation Administration". He said some other pilots flying helicopters in the area at the time of the crash descended into the gulch and delivered water and first aid supplies.

The reason behind the crash is still not known.

An after-hours phone call to aerial tour company Papillion was not immediately returned Saturday.

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