GRAND CANYON NATIONAL FOREST (3TV/CBS 5/AP) –
Three people have been eliminated in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon, according to Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley.
6 travelers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. Saturday on the Hualapai Country near Quartermaster Canyon, Bradley stated to The Associated Press.
3 of them were verified dead.
The 4 who were hurt were level 1 injury clients and were being dealt with at the scene. Officials state they were then airlifted to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in critical condition.
The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC130, crashed under unidentified circumstances, according to Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Workplace of Communications.
The airplane sustained significant damage, inning accordance with Kenitzer.
Papillon’s site states it flies roughly 600,000 guests a year on Grand Canyon and other tours. It also keeps in mind that it “abides by flight safety guidelines and policies that significantly exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
Papillon’s CEO Brenda Halvorson launched a declaration on behalf of the business Sunday afternoon.
“It is with severe sadness we extend our genuine compassion to the households associated with this accident. Our top concern is the care and needs of our guests and our personnel. Member of the family seeking immediate assistance, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are working together fully with NTSB detectives and regional authorities.” -Brenda Halvorson, Ceo, Papillon Group
Longtime helicopter crash attorney Gary C. Robb represented a female terribly burned in a lethal Papillion crash at the Grand Canyon in 2001. He said the business has actually made huge improvements since that crash.
“They’ve enhanced their piloting credentials along with their upkeep over the last 10 years and as far as I understand they’ve not had a crash given that 2001,” Robb stated to the Associated Press. He stated flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous just because of the variety of helicopters there.
Robb stated his heart went out to the victims.
“This is not just the fact that a helicopter crashed, this is a human disaster. Individuals passed away and were badly hurt. It’s a tragedy for humans,” Robb stated.
First responders were on the scene. The FAA and the NTSB are examining the crash.
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