Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Home New Release 4 passengers dead in helicopter collision over Australian beach

4 passengers dead in helicopter collision over Australian beach

Two helicopters collided in an Australian tourist hotspot Monday afternoon, killing four passengers and critically injuring three others in a crash that drew emergency aid from beachgoers enjoying the water during the southern summer.

One helicopter appeared to have been taking off and the other landing when they collided near the Sea World theme park in Main Beach, a northern beach on the Gold Coast, Gary Worrell, Queensland state police acting inspector, said at a news conference.

Read more:

Australia slaps sanctions on Iran, Russia over human rights violations

One helicopter landed safely on a sandbank, but debris from the other was spread across an area police described as difficult to access.

The dead and three most seriously injured people were all passengers in the crashed helicopter.

Story continues below advertisement

“Members of the public and police tried to remove the people and they commenced first aid and tried to get those people to safety from an airframe that was upside down,” Worrell said.

“(People on) Jet Skis, family boaters, ordinary members of the public rushed to assist these people.”

Passengers in the other helicopter, which lost its windscreen in the crash, are also receiving medical assistance.


Click to play video: 'Volunteers rush to guide stranded whales as Australia records one of their biggest beachings'


Volunteers rush to guide stranded whales as Australia records one of their biggest beachings


Footage of the crash showed a helicopter shortly after takeoff being clipped by another helicopter flying over the water.

Sea World Helicopters, a separate company from the theme park, expressed its condolences and said it was cooperating with the authorities handling the crash investigation.

“We and the entire flying community are devastated by what has happened and our sincere condolences go to all those involved and especially the loved ones and family of the deceased,” the statement said.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:

Hundreds of Australians’ medical records released after cyberattack on health insurer

The company did not confirm if it operated one or both helicopters involved in the crash, saying in the statement it would not comment further because of the investigation.

A witness named John told Melbourne radio station 3AW that patrons at Sea World heard the crash.

He said staff at the theme park moved swiftly to close off areas closest to the crash.

“There was a massive, massive bang,” he said. “It was just huge. I’m not sure if it was the propellers or whatever hitting against each other. But there was this poor lady and her son near the helipad in tears.”


This image made from a video shows sand bank with crashed helicopter on Gold Coast, Australia Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Two helicopters collided Monday afternoon over the Australian beach. (Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP).


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the accident was an “unthinkable tragedy.

Story continues below advertisement

“My deepest sympathies are with each of the families and everyone affected by this terrible accident,” she said.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said an investigation into the cause of the crash was underway.

Queensland Ambulance Service said earlier that 13 people were being assessed for injuries.

The Gold Coast region is at its busiest in January, the peak time for holidays in Australia’s summer.

&copy 2023 The Canadian Press

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

How inflation is tapping out a Montreal senior who ‘absolutely cannot stop working’

Over a six-week period, as part of the ‘Out of Pocket’ series, Global News is examining how inflation is impacting Canadians from coast to coast.Janet...

Google’s new AI chatbot, Bard, set to take on ChatGPT

AI will also ‘soon’ be integrated into the company’s search engine (Picture: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)Following the success of Microsoft-backed ChatGPT, Google is launching...

Hashtag Trending Feb. 7-Google reveals AI projects, including a chatbot, surge in supply chain attacks and fake news on Twitter

Google jumps on the conversational AI frenzy, software supply chain attacks surge, andan Ohio study finds Reddit’s readers favour stories that are more accurate,...

Most Canadians say they want plans attached to health funding as PM, premiers meet

As premiers gather in Ottawa for a high-stakes health summit, a majority of Canadians say they want to see more funding for health care...