BREAKING News Out Of Arizona

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 – Authorities are reporting that three people were killed and four others are in critical condition after a tourist helicopter crashed in an “extremely remote area” of the Grand Canyon on Sunday.

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 four survivors of the crash, who were “level 1 trauma patients,” were airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, according to Bradley. UMC Hospital in Las Vegas told FOX10 the four people in the Grand Canyon chopper crash are in critical condition.

“First responders had to be flown in and walk to the crash site,” Chief Bradley told the AP. “Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area. We had to call in specially trained crews — people with night-vision goggles.”

“UPDATE: Four patients from the Grand Canyon helicopter crash are in critical condition this morning, according to UMC Las Vegas.”

Fox News reports that the police chief said rescue crews were hampered by high winds and darkness Saturday night along with rugged terrain, but now officials are in the “the recovery and investigation mode.”

The identities and nationalities of the dead and injured weren’t immediately released by authorities.

“This morning, our hearts and our prayers are with the victims of this very tragic crash in the Grand Canyon, as well as all the first responders and medics involved in critical rescue efforts,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted early Sunday.

Winds in the area picked up in the Saturday afternoon with gusts up to 45 mph, but the cause of the crash is not immediately known.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter it was investigating the crash 3 miles east of Grand Canyon West Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Watch the video report via FOX10

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

So tragic.



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