3 dead, 4 injured after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon
(Photo: Julie Jacobson, AP)
Just before midnight, Hualapai Nation Police Department Chief Francis Bradley said four public-safety agencies were working together to save lives.
“The rescue is ongoing,” he said. “We have a unified command set up.
The Papillon Airways Eurocopter EC130 carrying seven people crashed under “unknown circumstances,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told The Arizona Republic.
Three people were confirmed dead and there were four Level 1 trauma patients at the scene, Bradley said in a text to The Arizona Republic at about 9:45 p.
No further details were immediately available.
The company states on its website that “safety is our top priority,” and it is certified by the Tour Operators Program of Safety.
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“Operators who carry a TOPS certification have agreed to operate their airlines to standards that far exceed those set forth by the FAA,” the site states, adding that standards are enforced by internal and external audits.
Rates for tours, according to the website, range from $109-$224, with a more expensive $554 flight that includes landing at the bottom of the canyon, a meal and walk along the Skywalk bridge.
Tours from the Grand Canyon West Rim range from $194-$254.
The West Rim has become a more popular destination for tours after the 2007 opening of the Skywalk.
The horseshoe-shaped international attraction extends along a see-through bridge jutting from a craggy cliff and over the depths of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
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The Hualapai Tribe manages the steel and glass bridge that lies on its reservation.
Hualapai tribal officials said they operate a responsible tourism plan that protects the Grand Canyon and the people who visit it.
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