Hoover Dam Crash
December 9, 2011 by staff
Hoover Dam Crash, Five people were killed in a Sundance Helicopter tour over the Hoover Dam on Wednesday night around 5pm, local time. The Sundance helicopter left McCarran International Airport on a luxury sunset tour that was to take place over the Hoover Dam, when it crashed in the River Mountains on the Western side of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The cause of the Sundance Helicopter Crash is still unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a 12-member team to investigate the crash. “The area where the crash occurred is along the normal route helicopters take with normal weather conditions, a low temperature around 29 and winds around 5 mph,” spokesman Andrew Munoz said.
The crash site at the River Mountains isn’t accessible by road so the rescue and recovery times were cut down. A Park Ranger rode a 4-wheel drive truck to the crash site to protect the bodies and debris until investigation can continue. Officials had to call off the recovery efforts around 7:00 pm because of the danger of accessing the crash site in the dark, which is about 30 minutes from Las Vegas.
Authorities have not released any information about the identities of the victims.
Sundance Helicopters’ website says only one local tour flies over Lake Mead. The 30-minute “Twilight City Tour” spans downtown Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip. Packages start at $210 per person. “Fly in a state of the art luxury air-conditioned 6 passenger jet helicopter.” ”All our helicopters are maintained with exacting precision and our pilots are trained then retrained with ongoing re-certification in excess of FAA requirements.”
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