Two of the British tourists who initially survived a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon earlier this month have died from their crash injuries. Their deaths bring the toll of the tragic crash to five.
Eleanor (Milward) Udall, a newlywed who was on her honeymoon with husband Jonathan Udall, died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Sunday, Feb. 25. Her death came just three days after Mr. Udall succumbed to his injuries. On Thursday, Feb. 22. Mr. Udall was the fourth British national to die from injuries suffered in the helicopter crash.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Udall died of complications from burn injuries they suffered in the helicopter crash, the Clark County coroner said.
The couple’s friends, Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, all from Worthing, England, died when the Papillon Airways Airbus EC130 B4 crashed in the Quartermaster Canyon shortly before sunset on Feb. 10.
Another friend, Jennifer Barham, 39, remains hospitalized in Las Vegas, as does pilot Scott Booth, 42. Both are in critical condition.
The group of friends was also in Las Vegas celebrating Stuart Hill’s 30th birthday. Helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon are a quick and convenient way for Vegas vacationers to visit the Grand Canyon for the day. Papillon Airways bills itself as “the world’s largest aerial sightseeing company” and says it flies more than 600,000 people annually.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the helicopter crash and has removed the wreckage to a location in Phoenix. The agency has not determined what caused the crash, but an early report based on witness statements indicated the helicopter may have experienced mechanical problems.