3 people killed after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon, investigators say

Dispatcher Valen Quasula told ABC15 that four other people have unknown injuries and that authorities are possibly looking for one or two additional people.

Gerard Ramalho, a reporter with the NBC, posted pictures on his Twitter account on Saturday night, showing that rescue crews had found the wreckage of the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC130. Fujimoto captured this photo, which has been tweeted by Gerard Ramalho‏ of Las Vegas' NBC affiliate, of the smoke-filled scene.

Rescuers got an assist from military aircraft from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and were in the process of evacuating the injured overnight, Bradley said. The FAA has commenced an investigation into the accident.

The chopper crashed near Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Nation, about 60 miles west of Peach Springs, Arizona, Bradley said.

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Papillon, whose website says it is the longest-running helicopter touring company, was founded in 1965 by Elling Halvorson and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

He said National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene to begin investigating the cause.

"We are having difficulties getting the four people out of the crash site area to the hospital", he said.

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