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Grand Canyon Helicopter Accident Kills One

    May 19, 2014
    Lindsay McCane
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A helicopter ride at the Grand Canyon turned deadly on Sunday when a pilot lost control of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, while the pilot was steering, the helicopter turned on its side and crashed. There were no passengers on board.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague’s family and loved ones,” president and CEO of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Brenda Halvorson said in a statement. “This is a difficult time for our Papillon family. We are fully cooperating with the NTSB investigation.”

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor explained that the crash occurred near the Grand Canyon West airport, just south of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is currently operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe.

There have been attempts made to reach the tribe for a comment, but none have been responded to; instead they are referring all questions to the National Transportation Safety Board, who is currently investigating the crash.

More details about the crash will be shared as they become available.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • CHAZZ

    Just there April 28th at Skywalk – a very busy helicopter operation that surprised me with the number of them in operation! Too bad such an unfortunate situation happened at a great tourist locale.