3 die in Grand Canyon tour helicopter crash; four others injured

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Three people were killed and four injured in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon on Saturday, according to police.

Three people died when the EC-130 went down at 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. ET) Saturday near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Nation. KLAS reports "rugged, windy conditions have made it impossible to get four trauma victims out" per the Hualapai Police Chief.

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

The helicopter tour in the Grand Canyon which provides stunning aerial views of the magnificent vista is very popular in the national park and the tickets are always sold out several weeks in advance.

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Calls and emails to Nevada-based Papillion for comment on the crash were not immediately returned on Sunday.

Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration Officer of Communications said Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon.

The helicopter had been carrying a pilot and six passengers. But the touring operation, which attracts 600,000 passengers a year, lost money its first four years, Halvorson recalled at the time.

He said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene to begin investigating the cause. "We had to learn how to market Las Vegas", he said.

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