Grand Canyon helicopter crash: Senior Coroner makes safety recommendation to prevent future deaths

On 17 November 2021, Kate Boakes, instructed by Sarah Stewart of Stewarts, represented three bereaved families at an inquest into the tragic deaths of five British tourists following a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon in February 2018.

The Senior Coroner for West Sussex concluded that each of the deaths was caused by the post-crash fire, rather than the force of the impact. Having heard expert evidence, she stated that she would make a prevention of future deaths report, recommending to the Civil Aviation Authority that all helicopters flying in the UK should be fitted with a crash resistant fuel system to increase the safety of passengers.

Media coverage: BBC | The Times