4 Survive the Deadly Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

Isabella Terzoli, Staff

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On February 10, 2018 a sightseeing helicopter crashed, in the Grand Canyon due to high winds. The incident occurred around 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. ET) on the land of the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley told the Associated Press.

Three people died when a EC-130 helicopter operated by sightseeing tour company Papillon Airways went down Saturday(2/10/18) near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Grand Canyon.

The three British passengers were under intensive medical care, as of Monday, February 12 , for burns and other injuries; two days after the chopper plunged into jagged rocks during a sightseeing flight.

The four survivors were rushed to a hospital as Level 1 trauma patients, the Associated Press reported, meaning they had life-threatening injuries. Updates on their conditions were not available. Passengers Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, suffered fatal injuries in the crash, according to a news release from the Hualapai Nation Police Department. Their bodies were recovered early Sunday February 11 in the afternoon.

Images from the scene showed the charred wreckage of the aircraft, obscured by orange flames and billowing black smoke. The three British tourists who died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon on Saturday, February 10, were there to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the passengers, relatives said Monday, February 12.

7th grader Esther Aguayo says, “I do not think they should have went on the sightseeing flight, with such high winds.”

Speaking to the British Press Association, Peter Dobson said his daughter, Becky, were there for a long weekend to celebrate the birthday of her boyfriend, Stuart Hill. “They had been looking forward to it for a long time,” Dobson said, adding: “The whole thing is just terrible.”

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