Tour helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon, killing three

Posted at 9:18 PM, Feb 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 09:59:21-05

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a tour helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people.
   Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion helicopter when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. The other four were injured, and were still being treated at the scene. 
   An after-hours phone call to aerial tour company Papillion was not immediately returned Saturday. The company's website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours.
   Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed in unknown circumstances and sustained heavy damage.
   Federal authorities will investigate.