3 people killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

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A tourist helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon in the United States' Arizona on Saturday, killing three people and injuring four, AP reported.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer earlier said the aircraft sustained considerable damage in the crash.

The helicopter was apparently on a tour at the time of the accident and went down at around 5:31 p.m. FAA officials say the helicopter was a Eurocopter EC130.

The incident was confirmed to have occurred in the Grand Canyon West area at about 00:20 GMT. Three of the seven have been killed and the other four were level-one trauma patients and still being treated at the scene.

Windy conditions, darkness, the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain made it hard to reach the helicopter's wreckage, Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley said.

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. The pilot and five passengers died. He did not name which company the helicopter was part of.

The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, April, 12, 2015. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

The business first operated from the Grand Canyon's South Rim before expanding operations to McCarran International Airport in 1997.

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