Helicopter Crashes near Las Vegas, Kills Pilot, Injures Passenger

Pilot Dead, Passenger Critically Injured in Las Vegas Plane Crash

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A helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon just outside of Las Vegas in the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, killing the pilot and leaving the passenger in critical condition.

The Robinson R44 helicopter crash-landed at around 3:40 p.m. under unclear circumstances.

The pilot, only identified as a 53-year-old Connecticut man, and another unidentified male passenger were the occupants of the plane at the time of the crash.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, witnesses rendered aid before first responders arrived and took the two victims to the hospital in critical condition.

The pilot died while receiving treatment at the hospital. The passenger remained in critical condition at the University Medical Center as of Wednesday night.

Authorities said State Route Highway 159 would remain closed in both directions until Thursday at around noon.

According to the FAA, the helicopter is registered to Binner Enterprises LLC, an aviation and flight school in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.