1672660771 Australia Two helicopters collide near Sea World park at least

Australia: Two helicopters collide near Sea World park, at least 4 dead

At least four people died after two helicopters collided on Australia's Gold Coast - Nine News Goald Coast

At least four people died after two helicopters collided on Australia’s Gold Coast – Nine News Goald Coast

Two helicopters collided in mid-air on Monday, killing four and seriously injuring three, south of Brisbane in Australia’s Gold Coast tourist region.

At least four people have died and three others are in critical condition in a mid-air collision between two helicopters in Australia, authorities said on Monday. Six other people were treated for minor injuries, according to local media outlet Nine News Gold Coast.

The collision happened around 2 p.m. local time on the Gold Coast near Sea World water park, south of Brisbane.

Television images show the rotors of a device lying on a sandbank a few meters from the shore. The other helicopter appeared largely intact at the crash site.

“This is a Sea World related deal with one operator within a very large corporate constituency,” Neil Hansford, President of Strategic Aviation Solutions, told Sky News Australia.

After the accident, a rescue helicopter landed on the sand while dozens of rescuers spread out on the ground. Several police and rescue ships stood ready to intervene near the sandbar, which was littered with debris from the two helicopters.

The exact cause of the collision is not known, but it appears one helicopter took off when the other landed, according to Queensland Police Inspector Gary Worrell. The one that landed safely had lost its windshield, while the other had crashed and toppled over.

The inspector pointed out that passers-by rushed to get passengers from the plane, whose cabin had overturned. “Members of the public and police tried to get the people out and began administering first aid to get them to safety,” the police officer added, before “thanking everyone who helped and allowed these people in.” bring to the emergency room.” .

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The Australian Transport Safety Board announced it was launching an investigation into the accident, which was presented as a “mid-air collision”. Investigators were expected at the scene to examine the wreck, map the site and recover investigative materials, the office said in a statement. The bureau appealed to witnesses who may have seen or have footage of the helicopters in flight.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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