Three tourists dead in helicopter crash

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Three UK tourists were killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon, US, on 10 January. The trio have today been named as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and 30-year-old Stuart Hill, by the Hualapai Police.

The group were on a helicopter tour of the world-famous attraction when the vehicle crashed. It has not yet been determined what the cause of the crash was. Three other British tourists and the pilot were also involved in the crash, but survived.

High winds in the canyon hampered rescue efforts, and eyewitnesses said that the survivors were seen running away from the wreckage as it became engulfed in flames. The helicopter is reported to have crashed around 17:20 hrs, but emergency services were unable to evacuate the survivors till 02:00 hrs, due to the terrain and 50 mph winds.

A UK Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services."

 

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