MELBOURNE, Australia — Two helicopters collided in an Australian vacationer spot on Monday afternoon, killing 4 passengers and significantly injuring three others in a crash that drew emergency assist from beachgoers having fun with the water in the course of the southern summer season.
One helicopter apparently took off and the opposite landed once they collided close to the Sea World theme park in Foremost Seaside, a northern seaside on the Gold Coast, Queensland state police Performing Superintendent Gary Worrell informed a information convention.
One helicopter landed safely on a sandbar, however particles from the opposite was unfold throughout an space police described as tough to entry.
The useless and three most significantly injured folks have been all passengers within the crashed helicopter.
“Members of the general public and police tried to take away folks they usually began first help and tried to safe these folks from overturned airframe,” Worrell stated.
“(Folks on) Jet Skis, household boaters, unusual members of the general public rushed to assist these folks.
Passengers within the different helicopter, which misplaced its windshield within the crash, are additionally receiving medical consideration.
Footage of the crash confirmed a helicopter shortly after takeoff being clipped by one other helicopter flying over the water.
Sea World Helicopters, a separate firm from the theme park, expressed its condolences and stated it was cooperating with the authorities dealing with the crash investigation.
“We and your entire flying group are devastated by what has occurred and our honest condolences exit to everybody concerned and particularly to the family members and household of the deceased,” the assertion stated.
The corporate didn’t verify whether or not it operated one or each helicopters concerned within the crash, saying within the assertion that it could not remark additional due to the investigation.
A witness named John informed Melbourne radio station 3AW that patrons at Sea World heard the crash.
He stated employees on the theme park moved rapidly to shut off areas closest to the crash.
“There was an enormous, large explosion,” he stated. “It was simply enormous. I am undecided if the propellers or something hit one another. However there was this poor woman and her son close to the helipad in tears.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated the accident was an “unthinkable tragedy.
“My deepest sympathies are with every of the households and everybody affected by this horrible accident,” she stated.
Australian Transport Security Bureau Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell stated an investigation into the reason for the crash was underway.
Queensland Ambulance Service stated earlier that 13 folks have been being assessed for accidents.
The Gold Coast area is at its busiest in January, the height time for holidays in Australia’s summer season.