Newlyweds among four killed when two helicopters crashed near Sea World

Four people were killed when two helicopters crashed in the air near Sea World on Australia’s Gold Coast, including a newlywed couple.

Sea World guests were enjoying themselves when they heard “a big, massive bang” and realised that two Sea World helicopters had collided.

As holiday guests and beachgoers raced to aid the injured, authorities reported that the location was difficult to access due to the debris.

In one of the helicopters, Ron Hughes, 65, and wife Diane, 57, both from England’s Merseyside, perished in the collision. They were hitched just in 2021.

Newlyweds among four killed when two helicopters crashed near Sea World

The pilot of the second aircraft managed to land safely on a sandy outcrop despite it being damaged in the smash.

The passengers onboard the second aircraft included two couples in their 40s from New Zealand and a 27-year-old woman from Western Australia.

The forensic crash unit is investigating the incident with help from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

ATSB chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said it was a “remarkable achievement” there were not more deaths.

Newlyweds among four killed when two helicopters crashed near Sea World

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