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Three dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

Three people were killed and four others were injured after a helicopter carrying seven 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 in Grand Canyon West, and the investigation is ongoing.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said that a Eurocopter EC130 crashed under unknown circumstances.

Three dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon
Three dead after helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

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.

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