Helicopter Crashes In The Grand Canyon With Seven On Board

A TOUR helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people.

At 5:20 p.m. Saturday, a Papillon Airways EC-130 helicopter carrying a pilot and six passengers crashed near Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Nation, Bradley said in a news release.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors, Bradley said, noting, "It is too windy and it's dark and the area is very rugged". The evacuation process was an overnight one and required military assistance from Las Vegas' Nellis Air Force Base.

The helicopter tour in the Grand Canyon which provides stunning aerial views of the magnificent vista is very popular in the national park and the tickets are always sold out several weeks in advance.

February 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) - Three people are reported to have died Saturday afternoon when a tour helicopter carrying six people and the pilot crashed near the Grand Canyon.

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 Federal Aviation Administration would also be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. "People died and were horribly injured", he said. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

  • Kyle Peterson