Grand Canyon copter crashed on tribal land with fewer rules

Grand Canyon copter crashed on tribal land with fewer rules
Britons killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash named
nA couple are among three British tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

Becky Dobson, 27, Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, died in Saturday’s crash, Hualapai Police said.

The tragic loss of three British tourists in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon has highlighted the risks involved in sightseeing flights, at a time when flying on commercial aircraft has never been safer. Three other UK visitors, as well as the pilot, survived the crash and were eventually rescued and flown to hospital in Las Vegas.

Three other Britons and the pilot were injured on the tour of the canyon but they were not rescued until some eight hours later on Sunday morning.

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world’s premier natural attractions, attracting about five million visitors per year. It is one of the most popular beauty spots for Britons to visit on holidays to the United States. The canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and about a mile deep.
Britons killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash named
Britons killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash named

Ms Dobson’s father, Peter Dobson, told the Press Association his daughter was “full of life” and “always happy”.

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Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims named

The group were away celebrating Stuart’s 30th birthday, Mr Dobson said.

Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption nearly two decades ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe’s economy where tourism is a major driver.

He added the couple were “really happy together” and “just enjoyed being with each other”.

The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer.
Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims: father's tribute to brothers Jason and Stuart Hill and his girlfriend Becky Dobson ...
Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims: father’s tribute to brothers Jason and Stuart Hill and his girlfriend Becky Dobson …

Britons Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, were injured in the crash, along with pilot Scott Booth, 42, police said.

Witnesses told local reporters they had seen survivors running away from the crash site and shouting.

It is not clear what caused the crash and witnesses say rescue efforts have been hampered by high winds.

“They were always going out and doing things, just enjoyed being with each other,” the grief-stricken dad told Britain’s Press Association news agency. “The whole thing is just terrible.”

The helicopter crashed on Saturday evening and survivors were not rescued until the early hours of Sunday morning.

The tourists flocked to Sin City for victim Stuart Hill’s 30th birthday and took off Saturday for a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters sightseeing tour of the red rock wonder.

The youngest of the victims, Ms Dobson, worked as a veterinary receptionist for Vets 4 Pets in Worthing, West Sussex.

Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption nearly two decades ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe’s economy where tourism is a major driver.

In her profile on the practice’s website, she described her love for animals, as well as her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse.

“I also love to travel the world and explore what is out there beyond good old Worthing,” she said.

The flight left Boulder City, Nevada, destined for Quartermaster Canyon near the west rim of the Grand Canyon, NTSB lead investigator Stephen Stein said Monday. The air tour pilots there operate off a common frequency, talking to each other and explaining their direction, though it’s not mandatory, he said.

The practice paid tribute to Ms Dobson, saying her colleagues were “devastated” by her loss.

In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, photo, a survivor, lower right, walks away from the scene of a deadly tour helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. (Teddy Fujimoto via AP)

Jason Hill worked as a corporate lawyer for Shoosmiths LLP in its Milton Keynes office.

While sight-seeing tours through the Grand Canyon remain the company’s primary focus, Papillon’s aircraft are also used for search and rescue missions, and in fire fighting response.

The firm’s chief executive, Claire Rowe, said he was well respected and loved by all those who worked with him.

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“He was hardworking, full of energy and enjoyable to work with, and we are greatly saddened by the news of his death and that of his brother Stuart,” she added.

Gabby Hart, a local news reporter for the station KSNV, said it had taken more than eight hours for the survivors to be removed from the site because of the terrain and high winds.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We are told by witnesses and also by rescuers that people were trying to help once they saw this accident happen, they couldn’t get down to the helicopter quick enough.

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“They [the survivors] had to receive care there on site until emergency crews were able to remove them from the scene.”

The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption from those regulations 18 years ago after finding they would harm the tribe’s economy. Pilots there can fly between the canyon walls and land at the bottom near the Colorado River on the reservation.

The chief of the local Hualapai Police, Francis Bradley, called the incident “very tragic” and described the terrain as “extremely rugged”.

He added rescue efforts had been hampered by severe weather conditions and gusts of up to 50mph.

In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, photo, a survivor, lower right, walks away from the scene of a deadly tour helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. (Teddy Fujimoto via AP) Associated Press

In a statement, Brenda Halvorson, the chief executive of the helicopter company involved – Papillon Airways – said the company extended its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the dead and injured.

On its website, Papillon calls itself “the world’s largest aerial sightseeing company” and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year.

The Grand Canyon, which is more than 1.6km (one mile) deep, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the US.

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

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(CNN)Three people died when a EC-130 helicopter operated by sightseeing tour company Papillon Airways went down at 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. ET) Saturday near Quartermaster Canyon, within the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Nation.


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