Helicopter crash leaves 5 dead near Las Vegas

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Five people are dead after a helicopter crashed into the River Mountains during a tour of the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam on Wednesday.

The pilot has been identified as Landon Nield, 31. He was a pilot for Sundance Helicopters for several years, the Washington Post reported.

Numerous witnesses heard the crash and reported seeing smoke in the mountains just off of the edge of Lake Mead.

The crash site is in a remote area about 30 miles away for the Vegas Strip and it is not accessible by road, which delayed the initial rescue attempts and caused officials to delay recovery and investigation until Thursday morning, CTV reported.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

This is not the first accident Sundance Helicopters has experienced. In 2003, a helicopter slammed into a wall while flying through the Descent Canyon.

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So sad to hear about such an accident....Id like to express my deepest sorrow as well as sincerest condolences to the victim's families! Movers

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