Three dead, four injured near Quartermaster Canyon during sightseeing tour; passengers from Great Britain

GRAND CANYON – Three people died Saturday when a helicopter crashed during a sightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon.

 

According to CNN, there were six passengers onboard when the EC-130 helicopter operated by Papillon Airways crashed at about 5:20 p.m. near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Hualapai Nation’s portion of the canyon. All six were from Great Britain. Those who died were Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and 30-year-old Stuart Hill. Those hospitalized are pilot Scott Booth, 42, Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39.

The rescue operation was complex. Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley Sr. in a statement said rescuers arrived on scene within a half hour of the crash. He credited the response with saving additional lives.

Sue Callahan, spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s office, in an email said the county’s Search & Rescue units were part of the response. The men and women were taken by helicopter to the scene. Other responders included the Hualapai Nation’s police and EMS departments, along with helicopters and crews from the Kingman and Flagstaff offices of the Department of Public Safety, Mercy Air, Care Flight, Classic, and Grand Canyon ARFF personnel. The U.S. Air Force also responded.

River Medical and Lake Mohave Rancho Fire District personnel also responded.

The wounded were taken to Las Vegas area hospitals.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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