Heartbreaking tributes to British newlywed Jonathan Udall who died two weeks after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Friends today paid tribute to a newlywed who became the fourth victim of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash after dying from his injuries in hospital.

Jonathan Udall, 32, who was on his honeymoon, had been in a critical condition since the crash during a sightseeing tour on February 10.

He and his new wife, Ellie Milward, 29, had survived the impact which killed their friends Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32. 

But friends today confirmed that Mr Udall, who worked for Yorkshire Building Society with his wife, had died from his injuries.

Jon Udall was celebrating his honeymoon with new wife Ellie (JustGiving)

Chris Tucker, who set up a fundraising page for the couple, said online: “It is with a very heavy heart that I must type this. Our good friend Jon Udall has succumbed to his injuries.

“He was strong, brave and I will never forget him. Ellie is critical and is continuing to fight.”

One wellwisher replied: “I had the privilege of working with Jon and Ellie at YBS and they were unanimously liked by everyone. Absolutely devastated and heartbroken.”

The young couple were on holiday with their four friends in the US celebrating Mr Hill’s 30th birthday.

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Jason Hill’s girlfriend Jennifer Barham, 39, and pilot Scott Booth, 42, remain in a critical condition in hospital.

The Eurocopter EC130 span out of control as it came in to land before crashing and catching fire in the Quartermaster Canyon.

Rescue efforts were hampered by severe weather conditions and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, which meant the victims could not be airlifted out for nine hours. 

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. An initial report indicates possible causes could include a mechanical problem and strong winds.

Jason Hill worked as a corporate lawyer for Shoosmiths in its Milton Keynes office.

His brother was a salesman at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Brighton, while his girlfriend Ms Dobson, worked as a veterinary receptionist for Vets 4 Pets in Worthing, East Sussex.

Their father, the Reverend David Hill, told the Standard the family’s only comfort was that the “incredibly close” brothers died together.

Ms Barham is a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell law firm. Her parents David and Elaine are currently by her side in the US as she battles to recover.

More than £30,000 has so far been raised through online fundraising for the victims and their families.

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