LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Kansas couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary were among five people who died in the crash of a tour helicopter in a remote canyon outside Las Vegas.

Residents of the small, western Kansas town of Utica learned Thursday that Delwin and Tamara Chapman died when the helicopter crashed Wednesday during a sunset tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam.

Ron Solze, whose son is married to one of the Chapmans’ four daughters, said the couple went to Las Vegas to celebrate their anniversary and renew their wedding vows.

Solze says Delwin Chapman ran a construction company and his wife recently closed her hairstyling shop. He says they were well-known and well-liked in the town of about 160 people.

Authorities say all five bodies were recovered from the crash site Thursday. The area is accessible only by helicopter and four-wheel-drive.

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