Helicopter crash near Grand Canyon results in multiple deaths

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ST. GEORGE — A helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona resulted in at least three deaths and several injuries Saturday evening.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash at approximately 5:30 p.m. in a ravine in the western rim of the canyon.

Seven people were on the helicopter when it crashed for an as-yet unknown reason, and in addition to the three people who died, the other four were injured, KNXV-TV in Arizona reported.

The helicopter was part of a tour, according to the KNXV report.

Several agencies, including Peach Springs Fire and EMS, Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire, American Medical Response and Hualapai Department of Emergency Services, responded to the crash.

This is a developing story.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • SteveSGU February 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    There is no “western rim” of the Grand Canyon, only a North Rim and a South Rim. Are you talking about some area near Grand Canyon West? The Grand Canyon is 275 miles long, so you need to be more precise with your description. Was this helicopter giving a standard tour regularly offered from the Grand Canyon West Airport?

    • SteveSGU February 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Yes, https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-breaking/2018/02/10/helicopter-carrying-7-people-crashes-grand-canyon/326942002/ reports that the crash was near Quartermaster Canyon, which is near a picnic spot for helicopter tours just southeast of Grand Canyon West.

      • CPitch February 11, 2018 at 8:14 am

        Steve, keep reading in that article you posted from AZcentral. There is mention of the West rim twice. I always thought there was only a north and south rim also until a few weeks ago I heard about a West rim area. Must be a small area.

    • An actual Independent February 11, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Get over yourself already. The story said it’s right near the horseshoe skywalk on the reservation. That narrows it right down to very specific place, and there’s no need to play amateur Uber editor.

  • Striker4 February 11, 2018 at 6:33 am

    4 people are dead and that’s all you’re worried about ? this is tragic. sympathies to the families at this terrible time in their lives

    • An actual Independent February 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      No. I’m a pilot, familiar with the location, and that first comment set me off a bit. People died tragically, and the first commenter felt the need to critique the terminology used to describe the location.

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