15 February, 2018
The company operating a helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday, killing three and injuring four, was involved in a crash in 2001 that killed six people, according to a National Transportation Safety Board incident report.
Landing pads sit upstream and downstream from where the copter owned by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters crashed Saturday, constantly ferrying people on and off aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration will also be investigating the crash, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
"We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on February 10, and we are in close contact with the USA emergency services", a Foreign Office spokesperson said. "We are cooperating fully with NTSB investigators and local authorities".
Rescue crews battled against winds of up to 50mph, darkness and rugged terrain to reach the wreckage.
Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said that the survivors were taken to a hospital in Las Vegas.
Teddy Fujimoto was in the area taking photographs when he heard an explosion, according to CNN. That is about 60 miles west of Peach Springs, near the Grand Canyon's West Rim.More news: Met Office issue Derbyshire yellow warning of ice and snow for Sunday
Authorities say the four were level 1 trauma patients.
Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year.
"The pilot survived this crash he had a severe injury to one of those limbs and the other two I can't tell you about their injuries right now, but they kept them stabilized it must've been for more than 8 hours that they were there", Bradley said.
In a statement, Bradley expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the crash victims.
Witnesses were powerless to help those involved in the accident as the helicopter, operated by a tour company, came down 600ft down inside the canyon.