Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Helicopter Crashes In The Grand Canyon With Seven On Board

Helicopter Crashes In The Grand Canyon With Seven On Board

A helicopter carrying at least seven people crashed in the Grand Canyon Saturday evening.

Specialists said every one of the four were level 1 injury patients.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer said the reason for the crash was yet to be ascertained, and the chopper suffered heavy damage.

He did not have details of the crash. A witness said he saw flames and black smoke spewing from the crash site, heard explosions and saw victims who were bleeding and badly burned.

The helicopter was owned by Papillon, a sightseeing company that specializes in helicopter tours of the canyon.

It said it flies more than 600,000 people a year.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman 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 United States emergency services".

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will reportedly investigate the incident.

"Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area". It's like being hit in the head with a baseball bat ... and the whole soundscape in Grand Canyon National Park is just destroyed for miles and mile and miles because of these helicopter operations.

Still, unwanted doesn't necessarily mean unsafe. He said some other pilots flying helicopters in the area at the time of the crash descended into the gulch and delivered water and first aid supplies.

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