NTSB Asks For Help In Deadly Grand Canyon Copter Crash

British national Becky Dobson 27 was identified as one of the three people killed in the helicopter wreck

After sneaking away from her mom's 90th birthday party in Las Vegas to go on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon with her two children Saturday, Katie Kineally unexpectedly found herself putting her medical training to use when another helicopter crashed while they were walking in the area.

Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old vehicle salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been tasked with examining the cause of the crash that killed Hill, his brother and Dobson.

The scene where a helicopter crashed in Grand Canyon National Park on February 10, 2018.

Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration Officer of Communications said Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon.

The helicopter operator, Papillion Airways, has been involved in at least three other deadly incidents in the past 20 years, says Arizona Republic.

Chief Francis Bradley said first responders made it to the crash site within a half hour.

Newlyweds Ellie Milward and Jonathan Udall survived the crash, as did Jennifer Barham, Jason Hill's girlfriend.

While wind gusts were recorded at 45-55 mph over the weekend, the National Weather Service said wind conditions were about 10 mph at the time of the crash, gusting to 20 mph.

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"We have spoken to the hospital and they are in a critical condition but they told us they are now stable", Udall's father, Philip, told Caters.

The Hualapai (WAHL'-uh-peye) Tribal Council says in a statement Monday night that its leaders and the Grand Canyon Resort Corp. are working with federal investigators to find out what happened in the crash Saturday. Windy conditions and the rugged terrain made it hard to reach the wreckage.

The six passengers had reportedly traveled to the United States to celebrate Stuart Hill's 30th birthday.

It went down near Quartermaster Canyon, located near the western rim of the Grand Canyon.

"It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident".

Papillon, the company that ran the helicopter tours, described itself on its website as "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company".

Once out of the flames, Douglass said, the woman collapsed to the ground and started screaming the name "Jason".

Unlike the more tightly regulated air tours within Grand Canyon National Park, helicopters quickly deposit tourists on the Hualapai reservation and within the canyon for lunches, hikes or pontoon boat rides.

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