Three Britons die in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Three British people have died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

The Foreign Office confirmed the deaths and said it is supporting the families of six British visitors involved in the accident which took place on Saturday at the national park in Arizona.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed into jagged rocks by the Grand Canyon's West Rim, the Associated Press reported.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on February 10, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services."

Darkness, windy conditions and the remoteness of the area made it difficult for rescuers to reach the wreckage.

Crews had to be flown in and the survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital, according to AP.