3 people killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

12 February, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • A survivor walked away from Saturday‚Äôs deadly helicopter crash

Three people died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Saturday, police confirmed to CNN. The other four were injured, and were still being treated at the scene.

He did not have details of the crash.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, Kenitzer said.

In August 2001, a Grand Canyon tour helicopter operated by Papillon crashed and burned near Meaview, Arizona.

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

"In the gulch, there was a helicopter, flames, smoke", he said. "This is not just the fact that a helicopter crashed; this is a human tragedy".

"First responders had to be flown in and walk to the crash site", he said.

Fujimoto said he saw two badly injured women and one of them was yelling out a man's name.

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National Weather Service meteorologists in Flagstaff and Phoenix said wind were blowing an estimated 10 miles per hour (16 kph) with gusts of 20 miles per hour (32 kph) around the time of the crash. "By the time they did, most of the fire was out". I just felt disgusting, ' he said.

According to the Papillion Airways' website, the Las Vegas-based company flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on the Grand Canyon and other tours.

The source of the crash and the company that owns the carrier have not been identified as of yet, even through the helicopter was indicated in media reports to be an Airbus Eurocopter EC130. He said the company has made big improvements since that crash.

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

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