Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills 3

At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

A helicopter on Saturday crashed in the Grand Canyon, authorities said.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed under unknown circumstances Saturday evening on the Hualapai Nation's land near Quartermaster Canyon, by the Grand Canyon's West Rim.

"Four survivors being treated at the scene, all Level 1 "critical". can't be airlifted because conditions too windy", he tweeted.

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

He did not have details of the crash. He told reporters that he was in the Grand Canyon to take wedding pictures for some friends when the accident occurred.

NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix reported that the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. around 60 miles northwest of Peach Springs, Arizona.

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Mr Fujimoto said he was left numbed by what he had seen. He said some other pilots flying helicopters in the area at the time of the crash descended into the gulch and delivered water and first aid supplies.

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

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the organization was assisting the National Park Service with the crash.

Papillon, whose website says it is the longest-running helicopter touring company, was founded in 1965 by Elling Halvorson and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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.

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