Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three

Burning wreckage at the crash site in Arizona.   Teddy Fujimoto via AP

Burning wreckage at the crash site in Arizona. Teddy Fujimoto via AP

Federal authorities continue to investigate a deadly helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, all died on Saturday and were this morning named by police in the United States.

Police said Britons Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, were injured in the crash, along with pilot Scott Booth, 42.

The Foreign Office said it is providing support to the families of the six.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley says navigating the rugged terrain in the dark made it hard for first-responders to reach the helicopter's wreckage. "The terrain where the crash occurred.is extremely rugged".

Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2 a.m. Sunday.

Crews will work Sunday to retrieve the bodies of those who died in the crash, Bradley said, but weather conditions were hampering efforts.

Images have emerged showing flames and thick smoke rising from the boulder-strewn crash site.

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"A Eurocopter EC130 "sustained substantial damage" when a crash was caused "under unknown circumstances" in the Grand Canyon", Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the FAA, told ABC News.

He said he then heard two or three small explosions where the wreckage was, about 600ft (183m) below from where he was standing.

Papillon Airways describes itself on its website as "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and adds that it provides "the only way to tour the Grand Canyon".

A helicopter crashed over the Grand Canyon on Saturday night.

The Nevada-based company says it cooperating fully with investigators.

The pilot and five tourists from NY were killed, while one woman survived.

"It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident".

She also says Papillon's top priority is the care and needs of its passengers and staff.

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