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Worthing woman among victims of Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Worthing woman among victims of Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Yet, given that this weekend's tragedy was "neither the first air disaster to happen at the Grand Canyon nor the most deadly", according to AZ Central, which provided details of the 13 fatal Grand Canyon helicopter crashes since 1956, including three involving Pavillon - not to mention incidents over New York City and Hawaii - skepticism at the safety of such tours is understandable.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley Sr said the pilot had a severe limb injury and another of the passengers suffered severe burns.

UPDATE ON FEB. 11: The four survivors of the helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon on Saturday have been rescued.

The pilot and five tourists from NY were killed, while one woman survived.

The other survivors from the United Kingdom are 29-year-old Ellie Milward, 32-year-old Jonathan Udall and 39-year-old Jennifer Barham. "We need to address this immediately to try and prevent future needless injury or death".

The six friends had booked a tour of the Grand Canyon as part of a trip celebrating Stuart Hill's 30th birthday.

It took rescuers almost nine hours to reach the crash site in a deep gorge on the Hualapai Native American reservation. Pilots there can fly between the canyon walls and land at the bottom near the Colorado River on the reservation.

The company's website states: "With more than 50 years flying the Grand Canyon and beyond, Papillon is the largest and most experienced helicopter tour operator in the world".

A survivor, lower right, walks away from the scene of the helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona.

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Similar complaints were heard following a 2011 crash over Manhattan when U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney called for tighter FAA regulation, telling the New York Daily News: "Helicopters are subject to much less scrutiny than other types of aircraft, and they are not subject to air traffic control".

The three other passengers, and the pilot, were taken to hospital.

He said: "He was always very clever and it was clear when he got his university place that he was going to go far".

Flights into the canyon outside the national park were restricted Monday, and Stein said they were expected to resume in the next few days under the direction of the FAA.

Claire Rowe, chief executive at Shoosmiths LLP, told The Argus: "Jason Hill was a corporate lawyer within our Milton Keynes office who was well respected and loved by all those who worked with him at the firm".

"They were staying in Vegas, they had been looking forward to it for a long time".

Federal authorities are investigating the crash.

The sightseeing flight was reportedly operated by Papillon Airways and took off from a facility in Las Vegas.

Investigators were combing through the wreckage Tuesday in a remote, rugged portion of the natural wonder, west of the national park, and will determine if the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter owned by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters had been updated with a crash-resistant fuel system.





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