Two Helicopters Collide Mid-Air, Killing 4 & Seriously Injuring 3
On Jan. 1, two helicopters collided on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, killing 4 passengers and critically injuring three others. Early reports say one helicopter was lifting off while the other was landing when the crash occurred. One helicopter landed safely on a sandbar, the other crashed upside down. The crash was near a tourist hotspot, and beach vacationers jumped in to help the rescue efforts; boaters & jet skiers jumped into help, offering first aid to those who needed it. Police report the deaths & serious injuries stemmed from the inverted helicopter. Sea World Helicopters operates one if not both of the involved helicopters, but won't confirm those details due to the investigation. Australian Transportation Safety Bureau is investigating the crash.