Grand Canyon Helicopter Accident Kills Veteran Air Tours Pilot

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:50 AM

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A veteran Grand Canyon helicopter tours pilot was killed on Sunday when he was moving a chopper at a nearby airport and it tipped over.

The pilot who worked for a popular tour company at the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona and who has not been identified was killed after the 2014 Eurocopter AS350 rolled over onto its side. There were no passengers on board, according to The Associated Press.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague's family and loved ones," Brenda Halvorson, president and CEO of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, said in a statement. "This is a difficult time for our Papillon family. We are fully cooperating with the NTSB investigation."

The accident occurred late Sunday afternoon near the Grand Canyon West airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The airport is operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. A tribal spokesman referred questions to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating.

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