Three British killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Three British killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Three British tourists have been killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon have been named by US police.

Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, died in Saturday’s crash, the Hualapai Police said.

Three other Britons and the pilot were injured when the helicopter, on a tour of the canyon, came down at about 17:20 local time (00:20 GMT) in Arizona.

It is not clear what caused the crash and eyewitnesses say rescue efforts have been hampered by high winds.

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

A UK Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services.”

Becky Dobson one of the three victims of the helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon

The youngest of the victims, Ms Dobson, worked as a veterinary receptionist for Vets 4 Pets in Worthing, West Sussex.

In her profile on the practice’s website, she described her love for animals, as well as her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse. Another of the deceased, Stuart Hill, 30 and his brother Jason Hill worked as a corporate lawyer for Shoosmiths LLP in its Milton Keynes office. A tragic loss of life.

The rescue efforts had been hampered by severe weather conditions and gusts of up to 50mph. With the  chief of the local Hualapai Police, Francis Bradley, called the incident “very tragic” and described the terrain as “extremely rugged”.


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