NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


March 2, 2006

Washington, D.C. - As part of its continuing investigation into the 2003 accident involving a Sundance helicopter in Descent Canyon, about 1.5 miles east of Grand Canyon West Airport, Arizona, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Monday, March 6, 2006, at 11:30 am.

On September 20, 2003, at 1238 MST, a Sundance helicopter collided with a canyon wall during a descent into Descent Canyon. The accident occurred during a sightseeing tour flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 135. The Aerospatiale AS350BA helicopter, (N270SH) was destroyed during a post impact fire. The pilot and all six passengers died.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports; transcripts of interviews of passengers who flew with Sundance Helicopters on the day of the accident; interviews of several officials of Sundance Helicopters and pilots of other air tour helicopter operators; digital still photographs from the accident flight and previous flights; and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

For news media representatives, a CD-ROM containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. beginning at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2006. Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Records Management Division by calling (202) 314- 6551, or from General Microfilm, Inc., (304) 267-5830. This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

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NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.