Brit killed in Grand Canyon helicopter crash was so badly burnt investigators mistook him for his young brother

Stuart and Jason Hill, 30 and 32, suffered burns to 100% of their bodies after the Airbus EC130 B4 plummeted into a ball of fire shortly before sunset on February 10.

The pair, from Worthing, West Sussex, had been sitting together in the aircraft before the crash which killed five Britons in the Arizona tourist attraction.

An autopsy from Mohave County medical examiner's office reads: "After the remains were returned to England, DNA testing established the identity of these remains as being those of Stuart Andrew Hill."

Both reports described the brothers' remains as being so badly burned that neither man was "identifiable by physical features"and led to confusion telling them apart.

There also was evidence they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.



The parents of the pair described them as "inseparable" and said they will be "deeply missed by so many, many people".

The brothers were on holiday in the US to celebrate Mr Hill's 30th birthday with a trip to Las Vegas, and died alongside Stuart's 27-year-old girlfriend Becky Dobson.

The autopsy report, released on Wednesday, also confirmed Miss Dobson was burned "beyond recognition" and had died from burn-related injuries.

Their friends, honeymooning newlyweds Ellie Milward, from West Sussex, and Jonathan Udall, originally from Southampton, also died in the accident.


A Nevada medical examiner said both died from complications from burn injuries.

The parents of Mr Udall are suing the tour operator in a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit the couple could have survived if Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and manufacturer Airbus Helicopters had not negligently failed to install a crash-resistant fuel tank.

They are also suing pilot Scott Booth, who was in a critical condition, accusing him of negligence for crashing.

Airbus Helicopters has insisted it is increasing the number of aircraft being built with crash-resistant fuel systems after it was sued.



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