3 reported dead in Grand Canyon helicopter crash, 4 others injured

Officials confirmed that three people died and four others were injured in the crash of a tour helicopter near the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Photo courtesy of Teddy Fujimoto

GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Three people are reported to have died Saturday afternoon when a tour helicopter carrying six people and the pilot crashed near the Grand Canyon.

According to ABC15, a dispatcher who is with the Hualapai Department of Emergency Services said three people were killed and four others have unknown injuries.

The emergency call was received at about 5:30 p.m., ABC15 said, and several agencies responded.

CNN quoted Police Chief Francis E. Bradley Sr. of the Hualapai reservation as saying, “At approximately 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. ET) a Papillon Airways EC-130 vessel carrying a pilot and six passengers was reported to have crashed near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Nation.”

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information is made available.





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