Surviving victims of Grand Canyon helicopter crash flown to Las Vegas

At least three killed in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

Three people died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Saturday, police confirmed to CNN.

Authorities have released the names of the victims of a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon in Arizona Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

"We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on February 10, and we are in close contact with the USA emergency services", a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

Papillon has not yet issued a public statement.

"Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff".

Strong winds, darkness and hard terrain hindered the rescue of those injured, with the casualties taken to hospital by helicopter after 9 p.m. local time, CNN reported.

Photographer Teddy Fujimoto was at the popular United States tourist spot to take wedding pictures when he noticed a commotion and saw people running.

The circumstances surrounding the crash - on the West Rim of the Canyon - are now unknown.

Photos from the scene showed the charred wreckage of the aircraft, obscured by orange flames and billowing black smoke.

The company says it flies around 600,000 passengers a year over the Grand Canyon and on other tours.

Authorities said the four survivors were level one trauma patients, meaning they had critical, life-threatening injuries.

"We are in the recovery and investigation mode now", Bradley said.

Witnesses were powerless to help those involved in the accident as the helicopter, operated by a tour company, came down 600ft down inside the canyon.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter it was investigating the crash 3 miles east of Grand Canyon West Airport.

A Papillon helicopter was previously involved in a fatal Grand Canyon crash in 2001. The pilot and five passengers - who were all from NY - died.

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