Grand Canyon helicopter crash claims another victim as Brighton honeymooner’s wife dies

Posted On 27 Feb 2018 at 3:32 am

The newlywed wife of a Brighton man has become the fifth victim of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash to die.

Ellie Udall, 29, was on honeymoon in America with Jonathan Udall when the helicopter in which they were travelling crashed.

Her family released a statement through the Foreign Office.

It said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our daughter Eleanor Udall (nee Milward) as a result of the injuries she sustained in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash on (Saturday) 10 February.

“Mrs Udall passed away without regaining consciousness in the Lion’s Burns Unit at the University Medical Centre, Las Vegas, USA.

“The family are exceedingly grateful for everything done by rescue services and volunteers in the Canyon and throughout the last two weeks by the exceptional staff at UMC.”

Another message was posted by Chris Tucker, a friend of Jon Udall, from Brighton, and his new wife.

Mr Udall worked as a regional manager with the Yorkshire Building Society, and Mrs Udall also worked for the society.

On a crowdfunding page Mr Tucker said: “It deeply saddens me once more to update this page.

“Yesterday Ellie lost her battle to her injuries. The only consolidation I can muster is that she is no longer in pain and is, I hope, with Jon.

“The continued support to this page is heartwarming during this tragic time. May we never forget this wonderful couple.”

The crash, just over a fortnight ago, also claimed the lives of Brighton car salesman Stuart Hill, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, from Worthing.

They died at the scene, with bad weather leaving the survivors waiting for about eight hours to be rescued from the remote spot.

The five were with another friend, Jennifer Barham, 39, also from Britain, who was also injured in the crash – as was the pilot, Scott Booth, 42.

They were in a Eurocopter EC130 helicopter which crashed and caught fire after the pilot lost control in strong winds as he brought the helicopter in to land.

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