In Australia, two helicopters collided over the beach, killing four people (video)
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The accident occurred near a theme park in Queensland. Helicopters offered vacationers sightseeing tours over the water area.
Today, January 2, in the Australian state of Queensland, two helicopters collided near the popular Seaworld theme park over the Gold Coast beach. As a result of the accident, four people died and 13 others were injured. Sky News writes about this.
As specified, one of the helicopters after the collision was able to successfully land on a sandbar, while those on board were not injured. However, three passengers of the other helicopter died in the crash, and two more are in critical condition.
Local publication Gold Coast Bulletin later wrote that according to updated information, four people died – three passengers and the pilot.
According to the local ambulance service, a total of 13 people received injuries of varying severity as a result of the accident.
The incident occurred during the day, at 14:00 Australian time, so there were just a lot of people in the park, including families with children.
One of the women who was on the beach at that time said that the accident happened when one helicopter was taking off and the other was just landing.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, in turn, informed that the helicopters belong to Sea World Helicopters, which offers pleasure aerial tours.
The causes and circumstances of the incident are currently being investigated. Australian police have launched an investigation.
Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaschuk called the crash “an unthinkable tragedy.”
“My deepest condolences to each of the families and to all those affected by this horrific accident,” the politician commented.