Tragedy strikes again for Grand Canyon tour company

Tragedy strikes again for Grand Canyon tour company

Federal authorities continue to investigate a deadly helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

NTSB investigators determined the probable cause of the 2001 crash was pilot error.

Three British tourists are dead, and a further four people are being treated for serious burns and other injuries, following a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

The Foreign Office said it is providing support to the families of the six. "Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff", Papillon Group CEO Brenda Halvorson said Sunday.

Mr Fujimoto, a Las Vegas photographer, was doing a wedding shoot at the time of the crash when he heard people shouting and saw them running towards the edge of a ravine.

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

Fujimoto says a few bystanders descended into the gulch to try to help the victims.

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Three other British people were taken to hospital.

It was in the Grand Canyon West area when it came down at around 17:20 local time (00:20 GMT) on Saturday.

Hualapai Police Chief Francis Bradley said the helicopter, used for tour flights, was from Las Vegas, Nevada. The identities and nationalities of the dead and injured weren't immediately released.

Papillon is cooperating with the US National Transportation Safety Board and authorities, and offered "heartfelt sympathy" to the families, ABC News reports.

The crash was reported at around 5:30 p.m., according to a dispatcher named Valen Quasula with the Hualapai Department of Emergency Services.

On its website, Papillon calls itself "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year.

The helicopter, an Eurocopter EC130 from Airbus, "crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon" and suffered substantial damage, Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email.


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