Three Killed in Grand Canyon Tourist Helicopter Crash

Three Killed in Grand Canyon Tourist Helicopter Crash

Three Killed in Grand Canyon Tourist Helicopter Crash

The other four people were treated at the scene for their injuries.

"We're having extreme difficulty right now", Bradley said.

Crews will work Sunday to retrieve the bodies of those who died in the crash, Bradley said, but weather conditions were hampering efforts.

Allen Kenitzer, of the Federal Aviation Authority's Office of Communications, said the aircraft sustained "substantial damage".

Federal authorities are expected to investigate the incident.

"Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area".

On Aug. 10, 2001, a Eurocopter AS350 operated by Papillon, on an air tour out of Las Vegas, crashed and burned in the Grand Wash Cliffs area, near Meadview.

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

The A.P. said a phone call and an email to Papillion were not immediately returned Saturday.

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 helicopter had been carrying six passengers and one pilot.

An NTSB report issued in 2004 blamed the pilot's decision to descend too fast and too close to the scenic Grand Wash Cliffs.

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