Three people killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon West in Peach Springs Ariz. in 2017

A tourist helicopter crashed in the United States' Grand Canyon on Saturday, killing three people and injuring four others, Arizona media and a federal aviation spokesman said.

First responders had difficulty reaching the four survivors, Bradley said, noting, "It is too windy and it's dark and the area is very rugged".

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2 a.m. Sunday.

"We are in the recovery and investigation mode now", Mr Bradley said.

The aircraft was in the Grand Canyon West area when it came down at about 5.20 p.m. local time. The pilot and five passengers were killed; one passenger survived, NTSB report shows. He did not name which company the helicopter was part of.

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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Bradley said rescue efforts were still ongoing late Saturday and three of the four injured have yet to be flown out.

Fox News adds word from the Federal Aviation Administration that the helicopter sustained substantial damage when it hit the ground.

The 600-employee company has a fleet of 48 helicopters. It started operating out of Boulder City Airport in 2004 and opened a 45,000-square-foot base there in 2009.

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