LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
The four making it through victims, including the pilot, of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash were airlifted to a Las Vegas healthcare facility.
They were confessed to University Medical Center and listed in critical condition, according to UMC representative Danita Cohen. The 3 other travelers in the helicopter were killed in the crash on Saturday. RELATED: 3 dead in helicopter crash in Grand Canyon
Arizona Hualapai Nation cops Chief Francis Bradley stated an overall of 7 individuals, consisting of the pilot, remained in the helicopter at the time of the crash. As of Sunday early morning, recovery and rescue efforts are still in progress to reach the 3 deceased victims, Bradley verified.
Bradley stated the National Transport Security Board is expected to come to the crash website Sunday afternoon to continue the investigation.
“All the guests are from the UK. Everybody has been recognized. The next of kin have actually been informed. And we have three validated fatalities,” Bradley said. “The other day, we were hampered by severe weather. We had gusts approximately 50 miles an hour. The surface where the crash happened in Quartermaster Canyon is extremely rugged. It’s just accessible by airplane and our fist responders had a 20– minute hike, 20-minute walking, to get to the scene.”
The survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas health center by around 2 a.m. Sunday, Bradley said, as reported by KPHO. The survivors were later recognized as Scott Booth, who was the pilot, 42, Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39.
The guests who were killed were determined as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32 and Stuart Hill, 30.
The Federal Aviation Administration is also examining the occurrence, according to FAA representative Allen Kenitzer.
Papillon Airways, the company that runs the Grand Canyon flight trips, released the following statement:
“It is with severe unhappiness we extend our wholehearted compassion to the families involved in this mishap. Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff. Relative looking for instant support, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are working together fully with NTSB detectives and regional authorities.” -Brenda Halvorson, Ceo, Papillon Group
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