Helicopter Crash

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Recovery crews are hiking into a rugged area of the Grand Canyon to reach the remains of a sightseeing helicopter that crashed Saturday, with seven people aboard, including at least four international tourists. Authorities say there were no survivors.

The helicopter, owned by a Nevada company, went down yesterday
afternoon in rugged terrain about 60 miles east of Las Vegas. It burst into flames upon impact. Authorities say the French-made helicopter had taken off from the Grand Canyon West Airport with the pilot and six passengers aboard and had been headed for the bottom of the canyon.

According to officials two of the passengers were Japanese citizens and at least two others were German tourists. They say the pilot was also Japanese, but was a legal resident of the U.S. Authorities have not released the identities of the victims pending family notification.