Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills at least three

On its website, Papillon Airways calls itself as "oldest Grand Canyon helicopter sightseeing company".

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 helicopter had at least seven people on board when it crashed, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said, citing local authorities.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors, Bradley said, noting, "It is too windy and it's dark and the area is very rugged".

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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Federal authorities are expected to investigate the incident. He added that flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.

This photo shows the scene of a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the organization was assisting the National Park Service with the crash. The pilot and five passengers were killed.

Winds in the Las Vegas valley picked up in the afternoon with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, but the cause of the crash is not immediately known.

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