Sat, Jun 05, 2004
Final report quotes
high density altitude and unrecoverable descent
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final
report on the August 10, 2001 crash during a Grand Canyon tour of
an Eurocopter AS350 helicopter operated by Papillon Airways, Inc.
The agency has determined that the most probable cause of the crash
was pilot error, due to the decision to fly in a flight regime, and
at a high density altitude, which put the aircraft into an
The accident killed six tourists and the pilot, and badly
injured a seventh. Papillon president and CEO Brenda Halverson
released a statement that the company disputes the report's
findings, and will see more meetings with the investigators.
"Papillon has been a party to this accident investigation and
our preliminary conclusions are not consistent with those of the
NTSB," she said.
The company has been sued by several parties as a result of
this accident. One of the lawsuits was filed by the sole
survivor, a female passenger who was left paralyzed from the waist
down and had to have her right foot and left leg amputated.
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