National Transportation Safety Board investigator Stephen Stein holds a press conference in Boulder City, Nevada, on Saturday’s fatal crash of a tourist helicopter in the Grand Canyon. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
The parents of two brothers from England who were killed in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon over the weekend said the men had an “incredible bond” and were “like twins.”
Jason Hill and Stuart Hill were killed along with Becky Dobson when a helicopter giving them a tour of the Canyon crashed, injuring four others.
The four others were flown to a Las Vegas Hospital: passengers Ellie Milward, Jonathan Udall and Jennifer Barham, and pilot Scott Booth.
The helicopter went down near Quartermaster Canyon on the west side of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation. It is unknown what exactly caused the crash, which is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
They were all tourists from England and the two “had saved up for a year to mark Stuart’s 30th birthday with a real holiday of a lifetime with their friends,” the Rev. David Hill and Sandra Hill, the men’s parents, said to the Argus of Brighton, England.
“Jason and Stuart were wonderful sons, inseparable brothers and just remarkable people who were truly loved and will be deeply missed by so many, many people,” the statement said. “Our hearts go out to Becky’s family at this terrible time and we are praying for the recovery of Jen, Jonathan and Ellie.”
Jason was a solicitor for a UK law firm and was set to soon become a partner. He specialized in private equity transactions, according to the statement. He was a law graduate of the University of Southampton.
Stuart was a salesman at a Mercedes-Benz retailer in the UK.
The two men were always there to help others and would “be there with a smile or a hug” for anyone who needed their spirits lifted, their parents said.
“Our sons were happy, outgoing people who loved cycling, walking and spending time with family and friends,” the statement said, “we will find some support in knowing they were with each other to the last.”
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