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LIVE: Everything we know so far about the Gold Coast helicopter crash

Updated: Jan 6

At least 4 people were killed when 2 choppers collided near Sea World.

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At least 4 people have been killed & 9 others injured after 2 helicopters collided near Sea World on the Gold Coast.


One chopper crashed while the other managed to safely land on a sandbank.


The victims have been identified as the following:

  • Ashley Jenkinson (40)

  • Diane Hughes (57)

  • Ron Hughes (65)

  • Vanessa Tadros (36)

Queensland Police say Vanessa Tadros' 10-year-old son Nicholas sustained critical injuries and was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.


Also travelling on the chopper that crashed were 33-year-old Winnie de Silva & her 9-year-old son Leon, both travelling from Geelong West in Victoria, who were transported to hospital with serious injuries.


She remains in a "critical but stable condition," and the boy's condition "remains stable".

The occupants of the helicopter that landed on the sandbank have been identified as the following:

  • Male pilot (52)

  • WA woman (27)

  • NZ man (44)

  • NZ woman (43)

  • NZ man (48)

  • NZ woman (45)

The people from New Zealand were all travelling together, with the 44-year-old and 43-year-old woman from one family and the 48-year-old and 45-year-old woman from the other.


All of them survived, with 5 of the 6 occupants sustaining 'minor' injuries related to glass shrapnel. The other was uninjured.


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