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At least 3 dead, others injured in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

At least 3 dead, others injured in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

A tourist helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing three people and injuring another four.

Yet wind gusts of 50mph made it hard to transport them by air, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis E. Bradley Sr. said on Saturday. Three passengers died following impact, and another four people were critically injured, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

He did not have details of the crash.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

It said it flies more than 600,000 people a year.

Photos of the crash scene showed flames and dark smoke rising from rocky terrain.

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Hualapai Police Chief Francis Bradley said the helicopter, used for tour flights, was from Las Vegas, Nevada. He said some pilots of helicopters that were also out there chose to try descending into the gulch.

Mr Fujimoto said he was left numbed by what he had seen.

Papillon Airways describes itself on its website as "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and adds that it provides "the only way to tour the Grand Canyon". He said one of them "was pretty much burned all over".

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.

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

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


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