Three British people killed in helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon

OCT. 5 2013 FILE

AUTHORITIES have said that three British people were killed and three others were injured after a helicopter, carrying seven people crashed on Saturday.

Police chief Francis Bradley told CNN: "We are having difficulties getting the four people out of the crash site area to the hospital".

The four survivors, including the pilot were airlifted to Nevada Hospital at about 2am Sunday, and remain in serious to critical conditions.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB will be investigating Saturday's crash.

'It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident, ' Papillon Group CEO Brenda Halvorson said.

"The pilot survived this crash he had a severe injury to one of those limbs and the other two I can't tell you about their injuries right now, but they kept them stabilized it must've been for more than 8 hours that they were there", Bradley said. The tribe also operates the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West, a horseshoe-shaped glass-bottomed projection with stunning, if vertigo-inducing, views of the canyon floor.

Photographer Teddy Fujimoto was at the popular United States tourist spot to take wedding pictures when he noticed a commotion and saw people running.

Photos from the scene showed the charred wreckage of the aircraft, obscured by orange flames and billowing black smoke.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft sustained considerable damage.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.

"Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff". The pilot and five passengers died.

Papillon Airways is expected to release a statement Sunday.

Papillon offers helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon to tourists, marketing themselves as the World's Largest Aerial Sightseeing Company.

Papillon said it is cooperating with the investigation and abides by flight safety rules that exceed those required by the FAA.

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