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Bride On Honeymoon Trip Dies After Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

Claire Reid

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Bride On Honeymoon Trip Dies After Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

A newly-wed has died 16 days after being injured in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon.

Ellie Udall, 29, was on her honeymoon with her husband, Jonathan, 31, taking a tour of the Grand Canyon when it crashed on Saturday 10 February.

The British couple were rushed to hospital with critical injuries but both have since died, the BBC reports.

Credit: Caters News Agency
Credit: Caters News Agency

Witnesses rushed to the scene but struggled to reach the victims who had fallen 600ft down in the canyon, in Hualapai Nation reservation.

Ellie managed to climb free from the helicopter, which trapped her husband for eight hours while emergency services struggled to get to the scene. Sadly, she has since succumbed to her injuries.

In a statement, her family said they were 'exceedingly grateful for everything done by rescue services and volunteers in the Canyon, and throughout the last two weeks by the exceptional staff at UMC (University Medical Centre, Las Vegas)'.

A JustGiving page that was set up to raise funds for the couple has donations of over £23,000.

Credit: JustGiving
Credit: JustGiving

The page's creator, Chris Tucker, shared the sad news about Ellie in a post-update, writing: "It deeply saddens me once more to update this page. Yesterday Ellie lost her battle to her injuries, the only consolidation I can muster is that she is no longer in pain and is, I hope, with Jon. The continued support to this page is heartwarming during this tragic time. May we never forget this wonderful couple. Love, Chris."

It comes just four days after a post announcing Jonathan's tragic death. "It is with a very heavy heart that I must type this," the post read. "Our Good friend Jon Udall has succumb to his injuries. He was strong, brave and I will never forget him. I will update this page when possible. Ellie is critical and is continuing to fight. Love, Chris."

Mourners gather at St. Matthews Church in Worthing, West Sussex, for a memorial service for Stuart and Jason Hill, who were killed alongside Becky Dobson. Credit: PA
Mourners gather at St. Matthews Church in Worthing, West Sussex, for a memorial service for Stuart and Jason Hill, who were killed alongside Becky Dobson. Credit: PA

Ellie is the fifth tourist to have died in the crash which also killed brothers Jason, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, as well as Stuart's girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27.

Jennifer Barham, 39, and 42-year-old Scott Booth, the helicopter's pilot, were also injured in the crash and are still in hospital.

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

Source: BBC

Featured Image Credit: Caters News Agency

Topics: uk news, US News

Claire Reid
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