Pilot killed in helicopter crash Sunday at Grand Canyon

One person was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon.

The pilot of the tour helicopter, the only occupant, was killed about 4 p.m. when the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter rolled onto its side after “unknown circumstances,” while the pilot was re-positioning the craft at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, near Grand Canyon West Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

Gregor said the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Monday to investigate the crash.

The helicopter was owned by American Helicopter LLC, a company based in King County, Washington, according to FAA records, and operated by local tour company Papillon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague’s family and loved ones. This is a difficult time for our Papillon family,” company CEO Brenda Halvorson said in a statement.

The name of the pilot was not immediately released by authorities.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com. Follow @blasky on Twitter.


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