The fatal crash of an Aerospatiale AS 350 at the Grand Canyon on August 10 was the fourth fatal accident of a Papillon Helicopters tour flight since September 1985 and the second for the operator in the Grand Canyon since April 1999 (in which the sole pilot was the only one killed).
Dateline September 1927: Lindbergh is just back from Paris, and being “air-minded” is the thing. Out in the Wild West, World War I Army flier, entrepreneur and promoter J. Parker Van Zandt creates a runway across a northern Arizona meadow at a place called Red Butte, begins building a hangar and prepares to launch the first commercial air tours over the Grand Canyon.
All four people in a Cessna Conquest I died August 13 when their aircraft crashed about three miles south of Centennial Airport in Colorado. The airplane was on an IFR approach. Nine days earlier an MU-2 on an IFR approach also to Centennial crashed about three miles south of the field, killing the sole-occupant pilot.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Port Alberni, Canada, Jan. 21, 2006–The pilot and two passengers were killed when the Canadian-registered Caravan lost power and crashed into trees while attempting a landing on a logging road in mountainous forest. The other four passengers were seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.