Fifth victim of Grand Canyon helicopter crash dies

Angelo Anderson
March 2, 2018

Three people died the day of the crash, Milward and Udall died after being hospitalised, and two people are still in critical condition.

Nevada authorities say a British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon has died from her injuries, bringing the total number of deaths from the crash up to five.

Mr Robb said: "The ones who died of the burns, they would have walked away if this system had been installed on that helicopter - it would have made all the difference in the world".

The helicopter crashed on tribal land in a section of the Grand Canyon outside the national park where air tours are not as highly regulated. In the two decades after the regulation was written, only 15 percent of new helicopters had the safer fuel system, a National Transportation Safety Board official wrote in a letter to the FAA.

Maintenance firm StandardAero announced a deal with Papillon to fit 40 of the tanks to its 48-strong fleet, including the helicopter model which crashed in the Grand Canyon earlier this month.

A 1994 FAA regulation requires all newly designed helicopters to be equipped with a crash-resistant fuel system, but a loophole allows manufacturers to skirt this requirement.

The pilot and another passenger remained in critical condition Tuesday.

Papillon has not responded to multiple requests by the Press Association for a comment on the matter.

They had been on their honeymoon with a group of fellow Britons visiting Las Vegas when a sightseeing helicopter they were flying in crashed in the Grand Canyon.

The crash-resistant systems aren't standard on either of the aircraft, but the FAA certified retrofits a year ago, Airbus spokesman Bob Cox said.

Cox put the cost estimate at tens of thousands per helicopter and the time frame at two weeks per retrofit, depending on how Papillon has reconfigured the helicopters and the structure surrounding the fuel tanks. Guests attending a wedding and people on the canyon's rim saw smoke billowing from the canyon and the aircraft in flames.

Three of the British tourists on board were pronounced dead at the scene: veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend and auto salesman Stuart Hill, 30; and Hill's brother, 32-year-old lawyer Jason Hill. The Clark County coroner's office said Tuesday that the newlyweds died of complications from burn injuries.

She was on her honeymoon with her husband, Jonathan Udall, who died in a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday.

A statement from her parents, released through the Foreign Office said: "The family are exceedingly grateful for everything done by rescue services and volunteers in the Canyon, and throughout the last two weeks by the exceptional staff at UMC". A full report won't be complete for more than a year.

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