Monday, 2 January 2023

Four dead, three fighting for life after two helicopters collide


Four people have reportedly died, and several others have been injured after two helicopters collided near Sea World theme park on the Gold Coast as horrified holidaymakers watched on.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said 13 patients were being assessed after the collision, which occurred at about 2pm, local time.

Media images show both of the helicopters involved lying on the sand, having suffered serious damage, with emergency workers swarming around them. At least one aircraft bears the words “Sea World Helicopters”.

The collision left a pilot and three passengers from one of the helicopters dead. Three more passengers from the aircraft, a woman and two young boys, are in a ctirical condition and have been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital.

The pilot of the other helicopter, who was carrying five passengers, reportedly managed to land on a sand bank in the middle of the Broadwater, preventing any further deaths.

Debris showered down over the Broadwater on the Gold Coast before the crippled aircraft spiraled into a sandbank about 2pm local time on Monday.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed four people were dead, three fighting for life, and another four rushed to hospital.

Witnesses say one of the helicopters was coming into land when it clipped the rotor of the other aircraft that was taking off.

Aircraft Information: NO:1 (Written off - damaged beyond repair)
Owner/Operator: Sea World Helicopters Pty Ltd:
Aircraft: Eurocopter EC 130B4
Registration: VH-XKQ
Serial Number: 4693
Built: 2008

Aircraft History
05/03/2009 ZK-IJV Advanced Flight Aviation - New Zealand

2019 PK-URR National Utility Helicopters - Indonesia

02/11/2022 VH-XKQ Sea World - Australia

Aircraft Information: NO:2
Owner/Operator:  Sea World Helicopters Pty Ltd
Aircraft: Eurocopter EC 130B4
Registration: VH-XH9
Serial Number: 3845
Built 2004

Aircraft History
2004 N325MP American Eurocopter - 

2004 N702LV Las Vegas Helicopters

2018 ZK-IVP Air Work New Zealand

11/03/2022 VH-XH9 Sea World - Australia

This is absolutely horrific news, and our thoughts go out to the families and friends involved and of course the staff at Sea World. 

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