Two helicopters collided in mid-air near SeaWorld on Australia’s Gold Coast, killing four people. According to Queensland Police, the crash occurred while one plane was taking off and the other was landing.
The deceased was also aboard the same helicopter. Three other passengers are critically injured. According to a Foreign Office spokesman, two British citizens were killed in the crash. They added that officials would support the families of the two unnamed victims and would be “in touch with local
Five of the six people on the other plane that crashed had minor injuries. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the “terrible and tragic incident” had shocked the country. “My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected, including first responders, and my heartfelt condolences to those who are in mourning,” he said.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is looking into the crash, which occurred around 2:00 p.m. local time (04:00 GMT).
The two planes landed near Main Beach, a tourist area about 75 kilometres (47 miles) south of Brisbane. “It was a difficult scene,” said Gary Worrell of Queensland Police. “It was difficult to access because it was on a sandbar, and we had our emergency services on scene to deal with it properly.”
Photos from the scene showed debris strewn about, with a damaged helicopter hanging upside down across from the SeaWorld theme park. After the crash, it looks like another helicopter with the well-known Ocean Park logo on the fuselage made an emergency landing.
According to Mr. Worrell, members of the public and police attempted to disembark passengers and provide first aid to the injured. According to the park’s website, visitors can take scenic helicopter rides as well as other charter flights.
Local police have closed Seaworld Drive, the main access road to Ocean Park. Chief Inspector Angus Mitchell of the ATSB has asked witnesses who witnessed the crash or the helicopter in flight to contact investigators.
He also stated that a preliminary report would be issued within the next six to eight weeks, followed by a final report once the investigation was completed. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called the incident an “unimaginable tragedy” and said her “deepest condolences go out to every family and everyone affected by this horrific accident.” The Gold Coast region is currently experiencing peak tourist season, and the children are on summer vacation.