3 dead in helicopter crash at Grand Canyon

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2018

At least three people were killed and four others injured when a helicopter carrying tourists in Arizona went down in the Grand Canyon, authorities said.

Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Office of Communications confirmed in an email that the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC130, "crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon".

Kenitzer added that the location of the crash is 3 miles east of the Grand Canyon West Airport, which is located in Peach Springs, Arizona.

Hualapai Nation police chief Francis Bradley said six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion helicopter when it crashed at about 5.20pm.

Dispatcher Valen Quasula told ABC15 that four other people have unknown injuries and that authorities are possibly looking for one or two additional people.

Helicopters were to be used to evacuate the injured.

ABC News has reached out to Papillion Airways for comment. It also notes that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration". "It's a tragedy for human beings", Robb said.

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