Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sundance Helicopters' Tourists Chopper Crash Killed Five Near Lake Mead, Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At least five reported dead, including four tourists, in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in mountainous area near Las Vegas, Nevada. The chopper was on its way to aerial visit of the Hoover Dam.

Sundance Helicopters' Tourists Chopper Crash Killed Five
Andrew Munoz, spokesperson of US National Park Service, told AFP that the Sundance Helicopters' chopper "crashed in the River Mountains on the western side of Lake Mead National Recreation Area," just before 5:00 pm.

It took almost two hours to call the rescue and recovery teams because the copter crashed about 30 miles from Las Vegas in an area which is inaccessible by the road and the dark night was also causing problems in reaching to the site. Police and crash investigators have planned to reach the site in the morning to recover the victims’ remains and evidence.

The cause of the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350 built in 1989, crash was not immediately known; but the helicopter was on its normal route and there was nothing unusual as far as the weather conditions were concerned, Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) reported further.

The recent mishap is not the first of its kind involving Sundance Helicopters. In September 2003 a pilot and six passengers were killed when one of Sundance Helicopters’ crashed in Descent Canyon, about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) east of Grand Canyon West Airport, in Arizona.

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