Footage taken inside one of the helicopters involved in the Sea World crash has revealed how one passenger tried to alert the pilot of something moments before the horrifying collision.
A passenger on the helicopter that landed without casualties took the chilling video during the joy flight.
In the video, the arm of one of the passengers can be seen tapping the pilot’s chair, with the video paused just before impact.
One of the passengers can be seen pointing out the window before the collision. Picture: 7 NewsThey then grab onto the pilot’s chair as if to alert him to something.Picture: 7 News
Pilot Ash Jenkinson, British newlyweds Ron and Dianne Hughes and Sydney mum Vanessa Tadros lost their lives after the two helicopters collided on the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon.
It comes as one of the first people on the scene after the horrific Sea World helicopter crash has spoken out about the efforts to save the victims.
Ron Drevlak and his wife were walking their dog on the Gold Coast when the horror happened just above their heads on Monday.
“The noise and the thud of it hitting the ground, I cannot get it out of my head,” Mr Drevlak told 7 News.
He and others immediately rushed to help those trapped inside the wreckage of the helicopter and was met with a horrific scene.
Four people were killed and many more injured after two helicopters collided near Sea World on the Gold Coast. Picture Scott PowickQueensland Police and ATSB Officers recover the wreckage after the crash. Picture Scott PowickRon Drevlac has described how he rushed to the aid of those in the helicopter.
Mr Drevlak first saw Ron Hughes, who had been visiting the Gold Coast with his new wife Diane when they decided to board the helicopter.
“The first person I saw was Ron, we cut the seat belt we pulled him out and pulled him away but he was very pale,” he recounted.
The couple were among the four killed in the crash, with Sydney mother Vanessa Tadros, 36, also not making it out alive.
His attention then turned to two other victims from the same helicopter, Winnie and Leon de Silva, a mother and son who had travelled to the Gold Coast for the school holidays when their trip turned into a nightmare.
British couple Diane and Ron Hughes were killed in the SeaWorld Helicopter crash at the Gold Coast on Monday. Pics Supplied.Winnie De Silva in hospital after she survived a helicopter crash on the Gold Coast near Sea World. Source: GoFundMe pageSurvivors of the Sea World helicopter crash. Geelong residents, Winnie de Silva (mother) and Leon de Silva (son) Picture: SuppliedVanessa Geagea Tadros, the Sydney mother who tragically lost her life in the Gold Coast SeaWorld helicopter crash. Picture: Supplied
“That‘s when I heard Winnie, she was just screaming,” Mr Drevlak said.
“I said, ‘look don’t worry, help is on the way, it’s only water we’re just trying to dilute the fuel’.”
Mrs de Silva remains in a critical condition at Gold Coast University Hospital while Leon is in a stable condition at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
Another boy, the 10-year-old son of crash victim Vanessa Tadros, also remains in a critical condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.
Locals have rushed to pay tribute to the four who died. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David ClarkBunches of flowers and tributes continue to amount at the memorial site in the Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David ClarkTouching messages have been left for the lives lost. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Clark
A helicopter with seven people on board was taking off when its main rotors collided with a landing helicopter with six people on board, causing “considerable damage”, Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell told reporters on Tuesday.
The main rotor blade and gearbox of the “taking-off” helicopter separated from the aircraft, causing it to plunge at least 200m onto the sandbar.
The second “landing” helicopter was “remarkably” able to land upright on the sandbar despite “considerable damage” to the front of the aircraft.
“It was a remarkable job considering the damage that was done to the front-left hand part of the aircraft where the pilot was sitting,” Mr Mitchell said.
“We could have had a far worse situation here.
The six passengers – including the pilot – were treated for minor injuries and have since been discharged from hospital.