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Fifth person dies from injuries two weeks after tour helicopter flight crash

A helicopter burns after crashing near Quartermaster Canyon on the west rim of the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Three people were killed and four were critically injured in the crash. (Teddy Fujimoto photo)

A British tourist in Las Vegas for her honeymoon has died from injuries suffered earlier this month when a tour helicopter crashed near the west rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Ellie Milward, 29, died at UMC about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Clark County coroner. Her husband, 31-year-old Jonathan Udall, died four days ago.

Three British tourists were killed Feb. 10 when the Papillon Grand Canyon Tours helicopter that took off from Boulder City, Nev., went down on tribal land outside Grand Canyon National Park.

Udall died from complications related to burns from the crash, the coroner’s office said. Milward's official cause of death is pending a completed autopsy.

Two remaining survivors are pilot Scott Booth, 42, and British tourist Jennifer Barham, 39, remain in critical condition at UMC, a spokesman confirmed.

United Kingdom residents Becky Dobson, 27; Jason Hill, 32; and Stuart Hill, 30 — died at the scene in Quartermaster Canyon, about 60 miles west of Peach Springs, Ariz.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on the crash says the tail rotor was not working properly, causing the EC-130 helicopter to spin at least twice before it hit jagged rocks near a landing area.

The official cause of the crash likely won't be known for about a year, said the NTSB. High winds may have been a factor.



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