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Papillon changing helicopter fuel system after Grand Canyon crash

Papillon Airways, the company that operated the sightseeing helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon Feb. 10, killing five tourists, says it is adding crash-resistant fuel systems to its helicopter fleet. According to the Associated Press, Papillon Airways announced an agreement Monday, Feb. 26, with StandardAero for40 crash-resistant fuel tanks that will help minimize the risk of explosion and fire in a crash. The Papillon helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon last month killed three British tourists on or shortly after impact. Another two tourists died in a Las Vegas hospital from extreme burn injuries they suffered several days after ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Deadly Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

A sightseeing helicopter that crashed in Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring four others, drifted from its designated landing site and spun 360 degrees twice in the opposite direction of its main rotor, federal investigators said in an early report on the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still in the fact-finding phase of its investigation, but its report on the final movements of the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter offers some insight about the potential problems of the aircraft. The helicopter involved in the Feb. 10 crash was owned and operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters ... Read More