- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: September 20, 2003
Time: 19:55
Location: Near Meadview, Arizona
Operator: Sundance Helicopters
Flight #: ?
Route: Sightseeing
AC Type: Aerospatiale AS350BA
Registration: N270SH
cn / ln: 1864
Aboard: 7   (passengers:6  crew:1)
Fatalities: 7   (passengers:6  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The sightseeing helicopter, headed for the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hit the face of a cliff and crashed in rugged terrain killing all aboard. Tourists were supposed to board a pontoon boat when the accident occurred 2/3 of the way down the canyon. The pilot's disregard of safe flying procedures and misjudgment of the helicopter's proximity to terrain. Contributing to the accident was the failure of Sundance Helicopters and the FAA to provide adequate surveillance of Sundance's air tour operations in Descent Canyon.
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