Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

THREE Britons confirmed dead after 'HORRIFIC' Grand Canyon helicopter crash


A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on February 10, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services.”

Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed into jagged rocks by the Grand Canyon’s West Rim.

The incident occurred at approximately 5.20pm but darkness, windy conditions and the area’s remoteness made it difficult for rescuers to reach the wreckage.

Survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital nine hours after the crash.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief, Francis Bradley said: “First responders had to be flown in and walk to the crash site.

“Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area. 

“We had to call in specially trained crews – people with night-vision goggles.”

It is currently unknown what caused the incident.

Papillon Airways, the sightseeing company who owned the helicopter, have released a statement to extend their sympathies to the families of those involved in the crash.

 

Brenda Halvorson, Papillon Group CEO, said: “It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident.

“Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff.”

National Transportation Safety Board officials have already visited the scene to investigate what caused the crash.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration is also said to be looking into what downed the Eurocopter EC130.



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