Crash only slightly affecting helicopter tour operations

Jessica Janner

Crash only slightly affecting helicopter tour operations

CREATED Dec. 11, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Wednesday's helicopter crash that killed one pilot and four passengers seems to only be slightly affecting the aviation tour industry.

Nigel Turner, CEO of Heli USA Airways, said his company has seen a migration of business since the crash. He says business is down for the whole industry and expects that to be the case over the next two or three weeks.

"Within the last week the call center has reported zero cancellations specifically related to the accident," says Ed DiRocco, Owner of Grand Canyon on Demand. 

Both Turner and DiRocco say flying in a helicopter is extremely safe and helicopter crashes are rare. There are tens of thousands of scenic tour flights annually in the Las Vegas area.

Both Turner and DiRocco offered condolences for the families affected by last week's helicopter crash. The aircraft was operated by Sundance Helicopters.

Tour operations are highly regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, as heavily as commercial airlines.