Three people were killed and four others were injured after a helicopter with seven aboard crashed in the Grand Canyon Saturday, authorities said.
Dispatch received the emergency call regarding the crash at 5:31 p.m. Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation.
Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis E. Bradley Sr. said a helicopter believed to be out of Las Vegas crashed near Quartermaster Canyon in the Grand Canyon West area, and the investigation is ongoing. He said the passengers were on a helicopter tour.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said that a Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances.
The spokesperson, Allen Kenitzer, said the aircraft sustained substantial damage and that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
In 2001, six people, including the pilot, were killed in a crash near the Grand Wash Cliffs. The tour had stopped at Quartermaster Canyon and was on its way back to Las Vegas, where the tour began, when the helicopter crashed.
In 2009, a helicopter with six passengers crashed after the pilot heard a “loud pop,” but no one was injured.
In 2014, a pilot was killed after he got out of a running helicopter to go to the bathroom and was struck by rotor blades.