March 22, 2018

Three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

11 February 2018, 04:10 | Taylor George

3 killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

At least 3 dead, others injured in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

Three people have been killed after a helicopter crashed near the Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon, according to a dispatcher with the Hualapai Department of Emergency Services.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed at the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley was quoted as saying.

The crash took place at around 5:20 p.m. local time, but by Sunday morning rescue teams were still struggling to get the four survivors - all with level 1 injuries, the most serious category - to safety.

Images emerged on Twitter of flames and thick black smoke rising from among the layers of rock at the scene of the crash.

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Rescuers got an assist from military aircraft from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and were in the process of evacuating the injured overnight, Bradley said. "Her clothes probably were burnt off", Fujimoto told KSNV.

He did not have details of the crash. He added that flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.

It also says it abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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