(Las Vegas, NV) — Recovery efforts resume today for the five people who died after a tour helicopter crash near Lake Mead. Police say four passengers and a pilot died yesterday afternoon in the mountain area between the lake and Henderson, about four miles west of the Smith Water Treatment Facility. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter was an Aerocopter A350 that was built in 1989. The victims have not yet been identified.
Officials with Sundance Helicopters say the chopper was heading back to McCarran Airport from an aerial tour of Hoover Dam when it went down yesterday afternoon. The company says it will cooperate with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation. Sundance’s website says the nearly 30-year-old firm performs daily copter tours of the Grand Canyon, and carries, “more than 160-thousand customers safely each year creating memories to last a lifetime.”