February 3, 2023

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4 dead in helicopter crash in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Four people died and eight others were injured in a mid-air collision between two helicopters Monday at a tourist area in Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The accident happened on a sunny holiday afternoon near Sea World, a marine-themed amusement park. The area south of Brisbane is a popular holiday destination for Australians and foreign tourists.

In a statement, Queensland Police said the crash appeared to have happened as one helicopter landed and the other took off. One of the two helicopters carrying six passengers, five of whom suffered minor injuries, successfully landed on a small sand island, police said.

The other vehicle crashed nearby, where it was lying upside down after the accident. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, including the pilot, and three others were seriously injured, according to a local ambulance official. They were taken to a hospital and an investigation is now underway with a report expected within six to eight weeks, a police spokesman said.

Immediately after the crash, the police and citizens rushed to help, some on motorized water scooters or in tourist boats. “They started giving first aid and trying to get these people to safety,” Queensland State Police Acting Inspector Gary Worrell said at a news conference.

Scenic tourist flights along the Gold Coast are a common activity for visitors. A spokesman for Sea World Helicopters, a local tourism company whose logo was seen on at least one of the planes, said the company will cooperate in the investigation into the crash.

“We and the entire flight community are devastated by what has happened and our sincere condolences go out to everyone involved and especially the loved ones and family of the deceased,” the company said in a statement. “As this is now a police investigation, we cannot provide any further information at this time.”