Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

A helicopter tour in the Grand Canyon this weekend ended in a fiery crash, killing three of the seven people onboard crashed and injuring four others, the police said.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer earlier said the aircraft sustained considerable damage in the crash.

The incident was confirmed to have occurred in the Grand Canyon West area at about 00:20 GMT. The four people who were injured were treated at the spot, Bradley added.

He said winds up to 50 miles per hour and rugged conditions near the crash site were making it hard for rescue crews to reach the victims.

A helicopter from Nellis Air Force Base is flying in to assist with the rescue, he said.

Dispatch received the emergency call regarding the crash at 5:31 p.m., he said, and multiple agencies are assisting.

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According to reports, the place was reportedly carrying six passengers and a pilot.

Bradley said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene by Sunday afternoon to begin investigating the cause.

Papillon, whose website says it is the longest-running helicopter touring company, was founded in 1965 by Elling Halvorson and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, April, 12, 2015.

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