For reasons yet to be resolved, the helicopter went right into the water nearby a big pontoon for swimmers and jumpers, which was placed close to the barrier reef.
About the crash
Two American travelers are dead and two others are injured after a touring helicopter slammed close to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.
The crash happened soon after 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (local time) in the Whitsunday Islands, which represent a bunch of islands close to the boundary reef that is a well-known tourist destination.
About the passengers
Two passengers, a 65-year old lady and a 79-year old man, weren’t that lucky – they’ve been pronounced dead at the scene. A 33-year old lady and a 34-year old man were a bit luckier – they were taken to the clinic with wounds that were not as bad as those which put a life in danger.
The pilot, a 35-year old man, was likewise harmed. After the crash, the pilot helped the 65-year old lady, who was situated in the front passenger seat of the aeroplane, while parts of it were submerged in the water.
As the helicopter sank, hysterical observers from the close-by Heart Pontoon hurried to try to save the passenger’s lives, pulling them out of the water and doing CPR, as indicated by the Courier Mail, an Australian daily paper.
At a news gathering, which took place on Wednesday, Queensland police assessor, Ian Haughton, said that the four passengers knew each other, however, he didn’t offer more details, let’s not mention identities.
The two more youthful passengers who were harmed are from Colorado, while the two older ones, those who died, were from Hawaii, as indicated by the Associated Press.
The Heart Pontoon fills in as a base for swimmers and scuba jumpers investigating the close-by Hardy Reef, some portion of the Great Barrier Reef. The boat is surrounded by littler barges utilized for helicopter arrivals, Haughton said.