Three people were killed and four others were injured after a helicopter with seven aboard crashed in the Grand Canyon Saturday, authorities said.
Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis E. Bradley Sr. said a helicopter believed to be out of Las Vegas crashed near Quartermaster Canyon in the Grand Canyon West area, and the investigation is ongoing. He said the passengers were on a helicopter tour.
Bradley said Saturday night that the four injured people could not be transported by air due to 50 mph wind gusts, but state department of public safety helicopters were at the scene. Nellis Air Force Base in the Las Vegas area was flying down to help, he said.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said that a Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances.
The spokesperson, Allen Kenitzer, said the aircraft sustained substantial damage and that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix reported that the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. around 60 miles northwest of Peach Springs, Arizona.