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Winds hampering rescue efforts in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Winds hampering rescue efforts in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

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.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said it suffered "substantial damage".

This photo shows the scene of a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

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

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Kenitzer said.

Bradley said rescue crews were hampered by high winds and darkness Saturday night along with rugged terrain. Papillion Airways is based in the Las Vegas area.

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The helicopter was operated by tour company Papillon Airways.

Mr. Robb said his heart went out to the victims. He said some pilots of helicopters that were also out there chose to try descending into the gulch.

"I saw these two ladies run out of it, and then an explosion". "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

On its website, Papillon calls itself "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year. It notes that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration".

Earlier reports said the helicopter was carrying six passengers and the pilot.

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


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