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UPDATE: Friend speaks out about Grand Canyon crash pilot

Posted at 3:37 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 14:34:34-05

UPDATE FEB. 20: According to a spokesperson for University Medical Center, the four survivors of the crash are still in critical condition as of Tuesday.

13 Action News spoke with two people who have a connection to the tragic crash.

Witness Lionel Douglass described the scene and told us that it was "something you don't ever want to see again." He also described seeing one of the survivors walking away from the crash.

Jimmy Hewitt says he met pilot Scott Booth in Long Beach more than a decade ago.

"I know that he's more concerned about the others than he is himself," said Hewitt. 

He says Booth has both skill and experience. 

"I would get in a helicopter with Scott. I would feel very comfortable about it," said Hewitt.

Booth's family has asked for privacy.

ORIGINAL: A Las Vegas pastor says he was shaken by his experience in witnessing a sightseeing helicopter crash that killed three British tourists at the Grand Canyon.

The Arizona Republic reports that Pastor Lionel Douglass, who had traveled to the location in a separate helicopter, had just finished performing a wedding ceremony on Feb. 10 when he saw another helicopter from Las Vegas go down on tribal land outside Grand Canyon National Park.

Four others survived the crash and were hospitalized in critical condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Douglas, who had done numerous other weddings in the area over the years, called to his pilot to ask what the helicopter was doing.

As soon as the pilot turned around, the aircraft went down.