A crashed helicopter burns in a remote section of the Grand Canyon on Feb. 10, 2018.(Photo: Teddy Fujimoto/Special for The Republic)CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
Grand Canyon helicopter tours remain suspended over the western area of the canyon where a crash on Feb. 10 killed three people and injured four, but some companies hope to get back in the air as soon as Wednesday, Feb. 14.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for the portion of the canyon near the Peach Springs airport to “provide a safe environment for rescue,” according to the FAA website.
The restriction was put in place Feb. 12 and is expected to be lifted at about 5:30 a.m. Arizona time on Thursday, Feb. 15.
File video from a 2013 Papillon helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Nate Kelly/azcentral.com
Some helicopter companies that fly over the Grand Canyon hope to resume flights as soon as Wednesday. There is a possibility that the flight restriction could be lifted early, or the helicopters could fly over a different portion of the canyon.
On Tuesday, Papillon Airways, the operator of the helicopter that crashed on Feb. 10, was accepting reservations for Wednesday flights. Papillon offers tours over other parts of the canyon in addition to the area where the crash occurred.
Grand Canyon West, another large helicopter-tour operator, expects to be back in the air Wednesday and its website is accepting reservations.
Grand Canyon West operates the Skywalk glass bridge and Colorado River tours in addition to aerial tours with helicopters and airplanes. It is based in the Grand Canyon West Rim, near Peach Springs.
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Source : https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/grand-canyon/2018/02/13/grand-canyon-helicopter-tours-could-resume-wednesday/334603002/517