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3 dead, 4 injured in Grand Canyon helicopter crash, police say

11 February 2018

A tourist helicopter crashed into the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing three people and injuring four others, local police said. Officials say at least three people were killed, with others injured and possibly missing. Additional information is not available.

Papillon Airways describes itself on its website as "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and adds that it provides "the only way to tour the Grand Canyon". It also noted that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration".

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He said winds up to 50 miles per hour and rugged conditions near the crash site were making it hard for rescue crews to reach the victims.

"They've improved their piloting qualifications as well as their maintenance over the last 10 years and as far as I know they've not had a crash since 2001", he said.

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Kenitzer identified the downed aircraft as an Eurocopter EC130 but he was unable to elaborate on where the helicopter went down or what caused the crash. People died and were horribly injured.

It's unclear where the crash occurred.

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3 dead, 4 injured in Grand Canyon helicopter crash, police say