Three people killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

A man tries to dig out a car from the snow on Friday Feb. 9 2018 in Hammond Ind

A tourist helicopter crashed into the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing three people and injuring four others, local police said.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors, Bradley said, noting, "It is too windy and it's dark and the area is very rugged".

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, he added.

On its website, Papillon bills itself as the world's largest aerial sightseeing company, with helicopter tours that take off from Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park, including special packages that cater to time-strapped visitors to Las Vegas.

The official cause of the crash was "the pilot's loss of control of the helicopter for undetermined reasons", the NTSB report states.

Three people were killed in the crash of a tour helicopter in the Grand Canyon.

Tours from the Grand Canyon West Rim range from £150 to £220.

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

Photographer Teddy Fujimoto was at the popular USA tourist spot to take wedding pictures when he noticed a commotion and saw people running.

Papillon Group CEO Brenda Halvorson said in a statement Sunday that the company is extending its heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in the accident. He said one of them "was pretty much burned all over". 'Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff'.

Several incidents involving Papillon Airways, also known as Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, have been investigated in the past two decades.

Aviation attorney Gary C. Robb said potential factors were winds of 10 miles per hour (16 kph) with gusts of 20 miles per hour (32 kph), pilot error, mechanical failure or pressure within the company to meet the demand for tours.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Authority said the aircraft, described as a Eurocopter EC130 by local media suffered 'substantial damage'. He said the company has made big improvements since that crash. The pilot and five passengers died.