3 dead, 4 injured after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon National Park

Casey Dawson
February 12, 2018

Four survivors of a deadly helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon Saturday evening were rescued during an operation that stretched into the early hours of Sunday morning, according to Police Chief Francis E. Bradley Sr. of the Hualapai reservation.

The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

He told reporters that he was in the Grand Canyon to take wedding pictures for some friends when the accident occurred.

Images have emerged showing flames and thick smoke rising from the boulder-strewn crash site.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are launching a full investigation into the incident. Papillion Airways is based in the Las Vegas area.

The carrier has not commented on the crash at the time of publication.

Mr. Robb said his heart went out to the victims.

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"Our pilot and other pilots all started running", he said.

Fujimoto said he saw two badly injured women and one of them was yelling out a man's name. "By the time they did, most of the fire was out".

The helicopter was operated by tour company Papillon Airways.

The helicopter had been carrying six passengers and one pilot. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

The company's website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year around the Grand Canyon and on other tours.

KPHO reported the FAA and the NTSB were on the scene.

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