Tourist helicopter crashes near Las Vegas, killing five

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 10:13 PM
Tourist helicopter crashes near Las Vegas, killing five

(Reuters) - A tourist helicopter based in Las Vegas crashed near the Hoover Dam on Wednesday, killing all five people aboard, the National Park Service said.

The pilot of the helicopter and all four passengers are confirmed dead, the Lake Mead National Recreational Area said on its Twitter feed.

The helicopter belonged to Sundance helicopters, according to the park service, and crashed near Lake Mead.

Sundance offers helicopter tours to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, according to the company's website.

(Reporting by Mary Slosson, Editing by Greg McCune)