Four persons were killed in a mid-air collision between two helicopters today on Australia’s Gold Coast, according to officials, and images from the scene showed one of the helicopters’ rotors laying on a sand bank.
The two helicopters that collided at the Sea World amusement park in Main Resort, a northern Gold Coast beach, seemed to be taking off and landing, respectively, according to acting Queensland state police inspector Gary Worrell.
#BREAKING Two helicopters collide in Southport, Australia.
3 believed to be dead, with 2 others injured as two helicopters collide near SeaWorld on the Gold Coast. Serious accident, see following tweets for updates.#Southport – #Australia@rawsalerts @IntelPointAlert pic.twitter.com/5Kjd2h33kc
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While one aircraft successfully touched down on a sandbar, the other left behind debris that authorities described as being impossible to access. All of the victims in the wrecked helicopter’s fatalities and three most gravely injured individuals were passengers.
Members of the public and police attempted to rescue the passengers from the upside-down aircraft, Worrell added. They also started administering first aid. Jet ski riders, family boaters, and regular citizens rushed to help these people.
#BREAKING: Emergency services are responding after a helicopter crash on the Gold Coast Broadwater at Southport.
Three people are believed dead, with two more seriously injured.
— 9News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) January 2, 2023
Theme park employees, according to him, acted quickly to seal off the areas nearest to the collision. He said, “There was a huge, huge bang.” “Simply put, it was enormous. I’m not sure if that was the propellers or something else hitting against each other.
The event, according to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, was an unspeakable tragedy. She expressed her sincere condolences to all the families and individuals impacted by the tragic incident.
An inquiry into the crash’s cause is ongoing, according to Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Angus Mitchell.