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Helicopter crash brothers suffered 100% burns

Stuart (left) and Jason Hill died in the crash
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Stuart (left) and Jason Hill died in the crash

A fatal helicopter crash left two brothers so badly burned investigators mistakenly identified their remains, an autopsy report has revealed.

Stuart and Jason Hill, 30 and 32, suffered burns to 100% of their bodies during the crash at the Grand Canyon on 10 February.

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

Both reports described the brothers' remains as being so badly burned that neither man was "identifiable by physical features".

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

Inquests opened after Grand Canyon crash

(L-R) Stuart Hill, Becky Dobson, Jason Hill
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Stuart Hill, Becky Dobson, and Jason Hill, who died at the scene, were all from Worthing

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of five people who died after a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon.

Three died at the scene of the crash on 10 February - Becky Dobson, her boyfriend Stuart Hill and his brother Jason Hill, all from Worthing in West Sussex.

Jonathan Udall, Ellie Milward
Jonathan Udall was on honeymoon with Ellie Milward

Jonathan Udall, 31, from Brighton, and his wife, Eleanor Udall, nee Milward, who were on honeymoon in the United States, died from burns after the accident.

Their friend Jennifer Barham, 39, was taken to hospital with critical injuries.

West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield opened inquests into the five deaths on Wednesday and adjourned proceedings until 2 October.