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Surviving victims, including pilot, of Grand Canyon helicopter crash flown to Las Vegas

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A rescue crew is shown at the site of the crash at the Grand Canyon. (Source: MCSO) A rescue crew is shown at the site of the crash at the Grand Canyon. (Source: MCSO)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The four surviving victims, including the pilot, of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital. 

They were admitted to University Medical Center and listed in critical condition, according to UMC representative Danita Cohen. The three other passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash on Saturday. 

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Arizona Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley said a total of seven people, including the pilot, were in the helicopter at the time of the crash. As of Sunday morning, recovery and rescue efforts are still underway to reach the three deceased victims, Bradley confirmed. 

Bradley said the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive at the crash site Sunday afternoon to continue the investigation. 

"All the passengers are from the United Kingdom.  Everyone has been identified. The next of kin have been notified.  And we have three confirmed fatalities," Bradley said. "Yesterday, we were hampered by severe weather conditions.  We had gusts up to 50 miles an hour.  The terrain where the crash occurred in Quartermaster Canyon is extremely rugged.  It's only accessible by aircraft and our fist responders had a 20--minute hike, 20-minute hike, to get to the scene."

The survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital by around 2 a.m. Sunday, Bradley said, as reported by KPHO. The survivors were later identified as Scott Booth, who was the pilot, 42, Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39.

The passengers who were killed were identified as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32 and Stuart Hill, 30.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the incident, according to FAA representative Allen Kenitzer.

The NTSB asked anyone who may have heard or witnessed the crash to provide a statement by email at witness@ntsb.gov.

They say their in depth investigation will include looking at the pilot and his training history and experience.

They will also look at factors like weather, lighting conditions and the helicopter itself.

Papillon Airways, the company that operates the Grand Canyon flight tours, released the following statement:

“It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident. Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff. Family members seeking immediate assistance, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are cooperating fully with NTSB investigators and local authorities.” -Brenda Halvorson, Chief Executive Officer, Papillon Group

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