Friday 25 May 2018

Three people killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, photo: Urquhart/File photo
The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, photo: Urquhart/File photo

Alexander Britton

Three Britons who died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon have been named.

US media reported Becky Dobson (27), Jason Hill (32) and Stuart Hill (30) died in Saturday afternoon's incident, while three further Britons were taken to hospital.

Ellie Milward (29), Jonathan Udall (32) and Jennifer Barham (42) were airlifted to University Medical Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with pilot Scott Booth (42)  according to Arizona Central.

The circumstances surrounding the crash - on the West Rim of the Canyon - are currently unknown.

Hualapai Police chief Francis Bradley said: "It's a very tragic incident.

"Yesterday, we were hampered by severe weather conditions, we had gusts up to 50mph. The terrain where the crash occurred... is extremely rugged."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on February 10, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services."

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