Flights resume on tribal land after fatal Grand Canyon crash

On Saturday evening, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue received a call of a downed civilian helicopter near Grand Canyon West. Searchers were activated and responded to the search area. They were transported by helicopter and joined first responders on scene in the ongoing rescue efforts from the Hualapai Nation EMS, Hualapai Nation Police Department, Kingman DPS helicopter, Flagstaff DPS helicopter, Mercy Air helicopter, CareFlight helicopter, Classic helicopter, and Grand Canyon ARFF personnel. The Air Force also responded. The injured were transported to Las Vegas area hospitals. Rescuers remained on scene overnight until evacuated Sunday morning. In addition, River Medical and Lake Mohave Rancho Fire also responded supporting rescue efforts.

Mohave County Search and Rescue

On Saturday evening, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue received a call of a downed civilian helicopter near Grand Canyon West. Searchers were activated and responded to the search area. They were transported by helicopter and joined first responders on scene in the ongoing rescue efforts from the Hualapai Nation EMS, Hualapai Nation Police Department, Kingman DPS helicopter, Flagstaff DPS helicopter, Mercy Air helicopter, CareFlight helicopter, Classic helicopter, and Grand Canyon ARFF personnel. The Air Force also responded. The injured were transported to Las Vegas area hospitals. Rescuers remained on scene overnight until evacuated Sunday morning. In addition, River Medical and Lake Mohave Rancho Fire also responded supporting rescue efforts.

FLAGSTAFF (AP) – Flight restrictions put in place in the Grand Canyon after a sightseeing helicopter crashed last weekend have been lifted.

Three British tourists were killed in the crash Saturday on tribal land outside the national park. The medical examiner's office where the autopsies were done said Wednesday the friends died of multiple injuries from the crash but did not elaborate.

The pilot and three other Britons were critically injured and taken to a Las Vegas trauma center.

The Federal Aviation Administration had imposed flight restrictions on part of the Hualapai reservation for any aircraft not involved in rescue and recovery efforts. Those restrictions were lifted late Tuesday evening, allowing air tours around the crash site to resume, the agency said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators will interview witnesses, survivors, the helicopter operator and manufacturer and others before issuing a full report in more than a year. Preliminary findings are expected before the end of the month.

The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered and taken out of the canyon Tuesday. It's been moved to Phoenix to be examined by the NTSB as part of its investigation.