This representation made from a video shows soil slope with crashed chopper connected Gold Coast, Australia Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Two helicopters collided Monday day implicit the Australian beach. (Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP) AP hide caption
This representation made from a video shows soil slope with crashed chopper connected Gold Coast, Australia Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Two helicopters collided Monday day implicit the Australian beach. (Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Two helicopters collided successful an Australian tourer hotspot Monday afternoon, sidesplitting 4 passengers and critically injuring 3 others successful a clang that drew exigency assistance from beachgoers enjoying the h2o during the confederate summer.
One chopper appeared to person been taking disconnected and the different landing erstwhile they collided adjacent the Sea World taxable parkland successful Main Beach, a bluish formation connected the Gold Coast, Gary Worrell, Queensland authorities constabulary acting inspector, said astatine a quality conference.
One chopper landed safely connected a sandbank, but debris from the different was dispersed crossed an country constabulary described arsenic hard to access.
The dormant and 3 astir earnestly injured radical were each passengers successful the crashed helicopter.
"Members of the nationalist and constabulary tried to region the radical and they commenced archetypal assistance and tried to get those radical to information from an airframe that was upside down," Worrell said.
"(People on) Jet Skis, household boaters, mean members of the nationalist rushed to assistance these people."
Passengers successful the different helicopter, which mislaid its windscreen successful the crash, are besides receiving aesculapian assistance.
Footage of the clang showed a chopper soon aft takeoff being clipped by different chopper flying implicit the water.
A witnesser named John told Melbourne vigor presumption 3AW that patrons astatine Sea World heard the crash.
He said unit astatine the taxable parkland moved swiftly to adjacent disconnected areas closest to the crash.
"There was a massive, monolithic bang," helium said. "It was conscionable huge. I'm not definite if it was the propellers oregon immoderate hitting against each other. But determination was this mediocre woman and her lad adjacent the helipad successful tears."
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the mishap was an "unthinkable tragedy.
"My deepest sympathies are with each of the families and everyone affected by this unspeakable accident," she said.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau main commissioner Angus Mitchell said an probe into the origin of the clang was underway.
Queensland Ambulance Service said earlier that 13 radical were being assessed for injuries.
The Gold Coast portion is astatine its busiest successful January, the highest clip for holidays successful Australia's summer.