February 18, 2019

PD: 3 people killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon; 4 injured

11 February 2018, 04:13 | Devin Moran

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A helicopter with at least seven people aboard crashed in the Grand Canyon Saturday, with local media sources reporting at least three people were killed.

The helicopter had been carrying a pilot and six passengers. The four people who were injured were treated at the spot, Bradley added.

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.

Hualapai Police Chief Francis Bradley said the helicopter, likely used for a tour, was from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

"The ladies were screaming.It was just disgusting", he said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft sustained considerable damage.

He did not have details of the crash. It also notes that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration".

According to Papillion Airway's website, the carrier flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours.

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