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Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills 3

Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills 3

On its website, Papillon Airways calls itself as "oldest Grand Canyon helicopter sightseeing company".

A pilot and six passengers were on board, Bradley said.

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

"Three passengers are confirmed deceased and there are four level 1 trauma patients at the scene", Bradley said.

He said winds up to 50 miles per hour and rugged conditions near the crash site were making it hard for rescue crews to reach the victims.

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Photos of the crash scene showed flames and dark smoke rising from rocky terrain. He added that flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.

A tour group leaves Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters' new Hoover Dam helipad located adjacent to Hoover Dam Lodge hotel-casino in Boulder City, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.

The National Park Service and Hualapai Nation authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

NTSB investigators determined the probable cause of the 2001 crash was pilot error.


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