British tourists killed in helicopter crash named

British tourists killed in helicopter crash named

A tourist helicopter crashed in the United States' Grand Canyon on Saturday (Feb 10), killing three people and injuring four others, according to Hualapai Police Department on Sunday.

Landing pads sit upstream and downstream from where the copter owned by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters crashed Saturday, constantly ferrying people on and off aircraft.

The helicopter, an Eurocopter EC130 from Airbus, "crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon" and suffered substantial damage said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the USA emergency services'.

Halvorson says the company is cooperating fully with National Transportation Safety Board investigators and local authorities. 'Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff'.

Chief Bradley said rescue crews were hampered by high winds of up to 50mph and darkness Saturday night along with rugged terrain.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief, Francis Bradley Sr, confirmed they had been taken to a Las Vegas hospital.

Teddy Fujimoto told CNN affiliate KSNV he was in the area taking photographs when he witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

"There was a helicopter, flames, smoke", he said.

The four survivors were rushed to a hospital as Level 1 trauma patients, the Associated Press reported, meaning they had life-threatening injuries.

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

Papillon offers helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon to tourists, marketing themselves as the World's Largest Aerial Sightseeing Company.

The circumstances surrounding the crash - on the West Rim of the Canyon - are now unknown.

A Papillon helicopter was previously involved in a fatal Grand Canyon crash in 2001. The pilot and five passengers died.