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7 injured in Grand Canyon helicopter crash landing

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LAS VEGAS — A Grand Canyon helicopter crash-landed at a Las Vegas-area airport, injuring seven people, officials said Wednesday. Authorities are investigating the cause.

Local responders and the National Transportation Safety Board called it a “hard landing” around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boulder City Municipal Airport, while the Federal Aviation Administration called it a crash on landing.

A photo posted to Facebook showed the red helicopter standing in a flat desert area. No fires were reported.

The pilot and six passengers were taken to hospitals in Las Vegas and the suburb of Henderson for treatment of injuries that Boulder City spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante said were not life-threatening.

The FAA said it was investigating and the NTSB identified the operator of the Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2 as Las Vegas-based Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Air Tours.

Papillon representatives did not immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday.

FlightAware, an air traffic database, reported the 25-minute flight originated in the Grand Canyon near Kingman, Ariz., and was heading for Boulder City Airport. Boulder City is a 30-minute drive from downtown Las Vegas.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said a preliminary report should be available in about three weeks.

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