Tourists who died in Grand Canyon helicopter crash were celebrating birthday

The three British tourists who died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon on Saturday were there to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the passengers, relatives said Monday.

A helicopter crash lawyer, Gary C. Robb, told NBC News that the Federal Aviation Administration has required crash resistant fuel systems since 1994 though many registered aircraft don’t have them. “If you can buy 30 seconds, if you can buy a minute, that’s the difference between getting out of the helicopter unscathed and being a horrific burn victim,” Robb said.

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