At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

United States: Three die as helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

United States: Three die as helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

PHOENIX-Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital Sunday while crews tackled hard terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people.

Francis Bradley, Hualapai Nation police chief, said the chopper went down in Grand Canyon West, located in northwestern Arizona.

Specialists said every one of the four were level 1 injury patients.

He did not have details of the crash.

He also said that local authorities were still be searching for the whereabouts of potentially additional people involved in the incident.

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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The helicopter was owned by Papillon, a sightseeing company that specializes in helicopter tours of the canyon. Officials say at least three people were killed, with others injured and possibly missing.

The source of the crash and the company that owns the carrier have not been identified as of yet, even through the helicopter was indicated in media reports to be an Airbus Eurocopter EC130. Visitors can land and even dine at scenic viewing areas, or never set foot in the actual desert.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. "Officer Canyon is a to a great degree remote region".

Still, unwanted doesn't necessarily mean unsafe.

The reason behind the crash is still not known.

In August 2001, a Grand Canyon tour helicopter operated by Papillon crashed and burned near Meaview, Arizona. He added that flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.

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