Pilot in Grand Canyon helicopter crash previously failed routine safety check, an inquest has heard

The pilot of a helicopter which crash landed in the Grand Canyon, killing five British tourists from the South, previously failed a routine safety check, an inquest has heard.

Brothers Stuart and Jason Hill, 30 and 32 and originally from Worthing, were killed in the crash on February 10 2018. , along with Stuart's 27-year-old girlfriend Rebecca Dobson.

Rebecca Dobson, Stuart and Jason Hill died in the crash on February 10 in 2018.

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

Jonathan Udall and his wife Ellie Milward were on their honeymoon

An inquest heard pilot Scott Booth failed an annual safety check to test whether he could land a helicopter with no engine power.

He was allowed to retake the test days later and passed.

The inquest also heard how the pilot lost control of the helicopter in gusty weather conditions.

The coroner has ruled that the five deaths were an accident.

Mark Jarvis from the Air Accident Investigation Brach said Mr Booth failed the annual check which every pilot is required to pass.

The test is effectively a glide approach for helicopters, he said. "He had trouble controlling the helicopter in gusty conditions. He failed to achieve satisfactory score. He was rechecked a few days later and passed."

Mr Booth, who lost both legs in the crash, was not represented at the inquest.

The families read emotional tributes to their loved ones.

Rebecca Dobson was described by her mother Jane as an amazing daughter, sister and auntie.

Mrs Dobson said "Our lives will never be the same. You will always stay with us in our hearts forever. We love you beccy."

Rev David Hill described the trauma of losing his irreplaceable sons as horrendous, tough and life draining. He said his sons were his heartbeat.

"We wish with every fibre of our being that this had never happened" he said.Eleanor Udall's family said she was a wonderful, caring friend and godmother, devoted wife, sister and daughter.

In a statement read to the court, relatives of Jonathan Udall said: "Jonathan was only 31 when tragedy struck. Our world came crashing down. Jonathan was a compassionate, kind and caring person. To now face everyday without him is as unbearable as it can get. He has left a huge void, 31 years of Jonathan was simply not enough."