Las Vegas Helicopter Tour Ends in Tragedy - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Las Vegas Helicopter Tour Ends in Tragedy

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal crash investigators and a local recovery team expect to retrieve five bodies from a remote canyon near Lake Mead where a tour helicopter from Las Vegas crashed during a sightseeing flight over the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that a 12-member team was sent to Las Vegas to investigate following the crash just before 5 p.m. Wednesday of the AS-350 helicopter operated by Sundance Helicopters in Las Vegas.

Officials say the pilot and four tourists died. Witnesses told authorities they heard the crash and saw smoke about four miles west of the edge of the Colorado River reservoir some 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

Authorities have not yet released information about the identities of the victims.

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