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The three Brits killed in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon were celebrating one of the group's 30th birthdays.

The Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper crashed under unknown circumstances Saturday evening on the Hualapai Nation's land by the Grand Canyon's West Rim Hualapai Nation Police Chief says navigating the rugged terrain in the dark made it hard for first- responders to reach the helicopter's wreckage.

Rescuers and other first responders reportedly hiked into the area and reached the crash site by early evening Saturday, about a half hour after the accident. Three friends on the flight were injured but survived.

An Arizona medical examiner had not yet completed autopsies on the victims Tuesday.

A witness to the harrowing aftermath said one of the survivors was covered in bloodied burns after escaping the wreckage. That includes fuel tanks made of composite material that can expand rather than rupture and components that seal automatically if they break away from the fuel tank to keep gas from spreading.

The aircraft, which was operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, fell down towards the western rim of the canyon, Sky News reported.

He says flights into the Grand Canyon are expected to restart in the next day or two after approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. "The FAA can't kick the can down the road any longer - they must take a serious look at the potential dangers posed by having so many helicopters hovering over the most densely-populated city in the nation".

All six passengers were from the United Kingdom, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed. The NTSB generally releases preliminary information about a week after investigators wrap up work at the site.

He said: 'We found out yesterday lunchtime that they Jonathan and Ellie had been involved in an accident.

Similar complaints were heard following a 2011 crash over Manhattan when U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney called for tighter FAA regulation, telling the New York Daily News: "Helicopters are subject to much less scrutiny than other types of aircraft, and they are not subject to air traffic control".

Details of their injuries weren't immediately available.

"We have spoken to the hospital and they are in a critical condition but they told us they are now stable", Udall's father, Philip, told Caters. Cost, weight and time often factor into decisions on whether to add them, he said. "This crash is another example".

She died, along with 32-year-old Jason Hill and 30-year-old Stuart Hill, when the Papillon tour helicopter came down at about 5.20pm on Saturday, the Hualapai Nation Police Department said.

The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said.

Investigators are continuing to probe what caused a helicopter to plunge into the Grand Canyon as it emerged that the crash happened on tribal land where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park itself. They were just inseparable.

"It further says: "At Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, safety is our top priority".



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