3 killed, 4 injured in Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash

3 killed in Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter crash; survivors rescued

3 killed in Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter crash; survivors rescued

Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled hard terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people.

United States media outlets report Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, died in the incident on Saturday afternoon, while three further Britons were taken to hospital.

Hualapai Police Department said three people have died and four more are injured. The hospitalized passengers were identified as Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, according to the police news release.

The circumstances surrounding the crash, on the West Rim of the Canyon, are now unknown.

"Yesterday, we were hampered by severe weather conditions, we had gusts up to 50mph". In photos and videos taken by witnesses, the wreckage of the helicopter was seen engulfed in flames at the bottom of a steep, rocky canyon as black smoke billowed from it. Investigators are still determining the circumstances that caused the crash.

A UK Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the USA emergency services".

Fujimoto, a Las Vegas photographer who was doing a wedding shoot at the time of the crash, said he suddenly saw people running toward the edge of a gulch.

The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

"There was a helicopter, flames, smoke", he said.

In a statement reported by local news, Papillon Group chief executive Brenda Halvorson said: "It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident".

The Nevada-based company's website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year around the Grand Canyon and on other tours.

"Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff". The pilot and five passengers died.