GRAND CANYON COPTER CRASH

posted by Greg Lane -

Three people died and four others were critically injured in a helicopter crash over the weekend at Grand Canyon National Park.

Investigators on Sunday were trying to figure out the cause of the crash that occurred Saturday afternoon. The chopper, operated by an aerial-touring company called Papillon, had six British tourists and the pilot on board. At least one survivor walked out from the flames after the copter exploded into a fireball.

Rescue efforts were hampered by the rough terrain and 50-mile-per-hour winds. Due to those difficulties, it took until 2 a.m. Sunday for rescuers to pull everyone out of the wreckage. (ABC News)

Does a crash like this make you any less willing to take a similar flight in the future?   It's a known fact that crashes like this horrible tragedy are very rare 9.84 per 100,000 hours of flying, Helicopters crash about 35 percent more often per hour in the air than an average aircraft, and yet when it happens it still reminds us of the dangers of flying in general...  The Grand Canyon is one of the worlds most beautiful destinations and millions have taken these rides without any problems.....Will you take a flight again?  My bet is yes, cause I will

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