Grand Canyon, AZ: Helicopter touring the Grand Canyon National Park crashes killing 3 people.
A helicopter touring the Grand Canyon National Park in Grand Canyon, Arizona crashed on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.
According to the Hualapai Nation Police Department Chief Francis E. Bradley, at approximately 5:20pm MST, a Papillion Airways EC-130 Helicopter carrying a pilot and 6 passengers was reported to have crashed near Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Nation, 60 miles West of Peach Springs, Arizona.
** Video from Photographer Teddy Fujimoto via KNTV Channel 11: **
Photographer Teddy Fujimoto capture on video the aftermath of the helicopter crash.
The multi-agency effort, included the Hualapai Nation Police Department, Hualapai Tribe Emergency Services, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, responded to the helicopter crash.
According to the Hualapai Nation Police Department Chief Francis E. Bradley, 3 passengers are confirmed deceased and there are four Level One trauma patients at the scene.
Rescue efforts are being hampered by high winds, the darkness, and the extreme rugged terrain where the helicopter crash site is located and the only access to the crash site area is by foot on a 20 mile hike or by helicopter.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the helicopter crash.
According to Papillion Airway’s website, the carrier flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeted early Sunday about the helicopter crash tweeting, “This morning, our hearts and our prayers are with the victims of this very tragic crash in the Grand Canyon, as well as all the first responders and medics involved in critical rescue efforts.”
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the helicopter crash. **
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