Helicopter Crashes Near Grand Canyon Rim

Helicopter Crashes Near Grand Canyon Rim

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A helicopter being used to survey a wildfire crashed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, park officials said.

None of the five people on board appeared to have been injured during the Thursday afternoon crash, said canyon Superintendent Joe Alston, although they were taken to a hospital in Kanab, Utah, for evaluation.

The helicopter, which was contracted from a private company, had completed its survey flight and was making a final approach to a landing area when it went out of control, according to a release from Grand Canyon National Park.

The helicopter rolled onto its side once it touched down and was severely damaged, according to the park.

The helicopter was carrying a pilot, three park employees and a Forest Service fire officer.

Investigators were expected to visit the crash site Friday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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