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3 die, others hurt in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

3 die, others hurt in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Francis Bradley, Hualapai Nation police chief, said the chopper went down in Grand Canyon West, located in northwestern Arizona.

The incident left four others injured.

Allen Kenitzer, of the Federal Aviation Authority's Office of Communications, told AFP the aircraft sustained "substantial damage".

He did not have details of the crash.

There were reportedly six passengers and one pilot on the helicopter when it crashed.

"We are in the recovery and investigation mode now", Mr Bradley said.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors due to windy, dark, and rugged conditions, Bradley said.

The helicopter was operated by tour company Papillon Airways.

It safely landed at Quartermaster Canyon, the same location where Saturday's crash occurred, and headed back to Las Vegas at 2:20 p.m. when it crashed. "Officer Canyon is a to a great degree remote region".

Calls to Papillon's media representatives were not immediately returned Saturday. The pilot and five passengers died. Fujimoto captured this photo, which has been tweeted by Gerard Ramalho‏ of Las Vegas' NBC affiliate, of the smoke-filled scene.

The sights from the helicopter inspired Halvorson to start the touring business.

A general view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, on February 13, 2017.

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