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Four dead after two helicopters collide in mid-air near Sea World theme park in Australia

Two helicopters collided in Queensland, Australia. Four people were killed and three more critically injured.

Just outside Sea World on Gold Coast, the mid-air collision occurred at 2pm local time. The park was busy with families enjoying summer school holidays.

According to Queensland Police Acting Inspector Gary Worrell, initial information indicated that one helicopter was taking off while the other was landing at the time of collision.

Image: One of the helicopters that was involved in the collision is now a wreckage. Pic by AP

He thanked the members of the public for their assistance and said that access was difficult due to the location, which is a sandbank.

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Mr Worrell stated that one airframe had its windscreen removed and landed safely on the island. The other had crashed and was upside-down.

Image: The scene of the helicopter accident. Pic by AP

“Police and members of the public tried to remove them and they began first aid to try to save these people.”

Janey Shearman from Queensland Ambulance Service said that 13 people were on board the helicopters.

Image: The crash occurred near Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland. File pic

Three people were critically injured and were suffering from “multisystem trauma”. Six others were treated for minor injuries, mainly due to the impact of the glass.

Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Angus Mitchell, said that investigators would soon be on the scene to investigate what happened.

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