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First lawsuit filed in Grand Canyon copter crash

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Five people died after a tour helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon. (Source: Teddy Fujimoto) Five people died after a tour helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon. (Source: Teddy Fujimoto)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

The parents of a British tourist who died after the helicopter he was in crashed in the Grand Canyon have filed the first lawsuit following last month's crash.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Nevada accuses helicopter owner Papillon Airways and manufacturer Airbus of failing to equip the aircraft with a crash-resistant fuel system.

[RELATED: NTSB Report: Helicopter spun twice before crash at Grand Canyon]

Jonathan Udall was burned on more than 95 percent of his body and died in a Las Vegas trauma center 12 days after the Feb. 10 crash.

[RELATED: Surviving victims, including pilot, of Grand Canyon helicopter crash flown to Las Vegas]

The lawsuit says he would have survived the helicopter's hard landing if the aircraft had not caught fire.

Udall's wife died at a hospital after the crash. Three of his friends died at the crash site.

[RELATED: Two Britons died of burn injuries in Grand Canyon helicopter crash]

Papillon and Airbus representatives did not immediately return emailed messages seeking comment.

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