Helicopter crashes in the Grand Canyon Saturday night

Helicopter crashes in the Grand Canyon Saturday night

The other four people were treated at the scene for their injuries.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer earlier said the aircraft sustained considerable damage in the crash. Fujimoto captured this photo, which has been tweeted by Gerard Ramalho‏ of Las Vegas' NBC affiliate, of the smoke-filled scene.

The helicopter was on a tour of the canyon and more than a mile deep when it went down, Reuters reported, citing information from KNXV-TV.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2 a.m. Sunday.

The helicopter was operated by Papillon Airways, an aerial sightseeing company that gives tours of the Grand Canyon and other locations, Bradley said. The FAA has commenced an investigation into the accident.

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The emergency call was received at about 5:30 p.m., ABC15 said, and several agencies responded. The pilot and five passengers were killed; one passenger survived, NTSB report shows.

Papillon, whose website says it is the longest-running helicopter touring company, was founded in 1965 by Elling Halvorson and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, April, 12, 2015.

It also noted that it "abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration". "People died and were horribly injured", he said. It started operating out of Boulder City Airport in 2004 and opened a 45,000-square-foot base there in 2009.

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