Three die as helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2018

Rescuers got an assist from military aircraft from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and were in the process of evacuating the injured overnight, Bradley said.

The names of the dead and injured were not immediately released.

"We are in the recovery and investigation mode now", Mr Bradley said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said that a Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Kenitzer said.

According to Bradley, rescue efforts are being hindered by high winds, darkness and extremely rugged terrain where the crash is located.

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"Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area".

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

The company's website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on tours of the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas Strip, and other sites; this year marks the company's 100th anniversary. The pilot and five passengers were killed; one passenger survived, NTSB report shows.

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.

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

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