3 dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

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Authorities say the four were level 1 trauma patients. Updates on their conditions were not available.

"I saw these two ladies run out of it, and then an explosion". "One of the survivors ... looked all bloody".

"Her hands were bloody and body was just more burned", Fujimoto said.

"The ladies were screaming. It was just frightful".

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He said the helicopter "sustained substantial damage" and, citing local authorities, that 7 people were on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration additionally will examine the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, representative Allen Kenitzer said. He did not name which company the helicopter was part of.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Flagstaff and Phoenix said wind conditions were an expected 10 miles per hour with whirlwinds miles per hour around the season of the crash.

Papillon's helicopter tours have landing zones on Hualapai lands.

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"Quartermaster Canyon is an extremely remote area".

A general view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, on February 13, 2017. He said some other pilots flying helicopters in the area at the time of the crash descended into the gulch and delivered water and first aid supplies. He told AP that the company has made improvements since then.

The reason behind the crash is still not known.

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