Report: Grand Canyon Crash Victims Died of Burns, Smoke

By R&WI Staff | May 5, 2018
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Papillon Grand Canyon EC130 B4

Among it's fleet on 48 aircraft, Papillon Helicopters operates an EC130 B4. Photo courtesy of Papillon

Tourists who died in an Airbus Helicopters EC130 B4 crash in the Grand Canyon Feb. 10 died of smoke inhalation and burns over their entire bodies, according to media reports.

Citing autopsies performed by the Mohave County Medical Examiner's Office, the reports say all five crash victims died of burn-related injuries.


Three of the passengers were killed in the crash, two died days later in the hospital from their burn injuries. A sixth passenger and the pilot were critically injured.

A lawsuit against operator Papillon Airways and manufacturer Airbus Helicopters claims the victims who died would have lived if the aircraft had been equipped with a crash-resistant fuel system.

Such systems have the topic of legislative efforts in the U.S. since the July 2015 crash of an Airbus AS350 in Frisco, Colorado.

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