Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three

Grand Canyon West in Peach Springs Ariz. in 2017

Grand Canyon West in Peach Springs Ariz. in 2017

A helicopter carrying seven people went down in the Grand Canyon Saturday under unknown circumstances.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley told ABC News that the crash occurred at 5:20 p.m. local time, with 6 passengers and 1 pilot on board the helicopter.

A Papillon helicopter was previously involved in a fatal Grand Canyon crash in 2001.

The four survivors were being treated at the scene.

Local media reported the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter, whose operator was unknown, was traveling on a tour. No further information was immediately available about their conditions.

A helicopter on Saturday (Feb. 10) crashed in the Grand Canyon, authorities said.

According to the Papillion Airways' website, the Las Vegas-based company flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on the Grand Canyon and other tours.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer said the reason for the crash was yet to be ascertained, and the chopper suffered heavy damage.

FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, he added.

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