Three dead after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2012, file photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Grand Canyon was identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities say a tour helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion helicopter when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. The other four were injured, and were still being treated at the scene.

An after-hours phone call to aerial tour company Papillion was not immediately returned Saturday. The company’s website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed in unknown circumstances and sustained heavy damage.

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