Brit survivor stumbles out of Grand Canyon helicopter crash that killed 3 pals as witnesses reveal horror moment craft ’exploded’ in flames

A STUNNED survivor of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash which killed three Brits scrambles to safety as the wreckage burns behind her.

The dramatic footage was taken by Minister Lionel Douglass, 63, who had just finished marrying a British couple when the chopper clipped a cliff face and plunged 600ft.

Stuart Hill, celebrating his 30th birthday, his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27, and his brother Jason, 32, were killed.

Pals Jennifer Barham, 39, and honeymooning couple Ellie Milward, 29, and Jonathan Udall, 32, were fighting for their lives in hospital last night.

The phone video taken by Mr Douglass shows a dark-haired passenger believed to be either Jennifer or Ellie.

He told The Sun: “I was just finishing up a wedding – the couple, from London, were happy and looking at the Grand Canyon.”


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It was then that he said he noticed the chopper making “weird manoeuvres” as if it was looking for somewhere to land.

Mr Douglass added: “I yelled to the pilot who brought me in, ‘What is he doing?’

“As soon as we turned back and looked it tilted, went down, broke in half and crashed with a big explosion.

“The tail end of the helicopter hit the cliff – which snapped it off – then it slammed down to the ground.”



Stunned Lionel, from Las Vegas, grabbed the camera on his mobile phone and zoomed in to try and identify if there were survivors.

He then captured a dark-haired woman emerging from the inferno.

Lionel said: “The woman was dizzy and dazed. She was screaming.

“Several of the wedding party tried to help.”




A nurse who was visiting the Grand Canyon to celebrate her mother's 90th birthday came to the aid of the wounded Brits – treating one of the women who lost her partner in the crash for nine hours.

Anaesthetist Katie Kineally said: “There were people screaming. We just heard these inhuman screams of pain.

“As soon as we got to the edge of the cliff, we could just see the smoke billowing up.

“The other gentleman was just screaming. It was echoing throughout the canyon. It was just horrific.”




She rushed to help immediately after the crash at 5.20pm local time.

Winds gusting at 50mph meant rescuers had to wait to take the injured to hospital.

As night fell sightseers on the cliff above threw down clothing to help her keep Jennifer, Ellie and Jonathan warm as she worked side by side with paramedics.

She administered IVs by torchlight and recalled: “I did it mostly by feel.”




 



She added: “They were so brave because there were times when we had to say, ‘we don't have any more pain medication right now.

“’We're going to just have to have you focus and breathe for me, hold my hand, keep talking to me’.”

Katie is thought to have been concentrating mostly on Jennifer.

She said: “Her significant other was one of the men that were not able to make it out.

“She just kept screaming his name over and over, wanting to know what happened.”

It is not yet clear what caused the deadly crash.

A Foreign Office spokesperson 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."



 

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