Helicopter collapse in Grand Canyon causes three fatalities

OCT. 5 2013 FILE

Three people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday while touring the Grand Canyon

Authorities say four people injured in the crash of a tour helicopter have been airlifted to a Nevada hospital and crews now are recovering the bodies of the other three people aboard who died.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the crash happened Saturday night near Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Nation about 60 miles west of Peach Springs, Ariz.

He did not have details of the crash.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, Kenitzer said. He did not name which company the helicopter was part of.

"People on call must be flown in and stroll to the crash site", he said.

Quasula told KNXV that the helicopter was on a tour of the popular natural attraction when it crashed and that other people suffered unknown injuries. We will update as more information comes into the newsroom. The tribe charges fees for people to enter its land, including sightseeing packages that come with entry to the skywalk, meals at viewing areas and "photo opportunities with Hualapai members".

"By 7 a.m., just boom!"

The reason behind the crash is still not known.

According to reports, the place was reportedly carrying six passengers and a pilot. He added that flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.

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