Two Brits killed after helicopters crashed into each other in tourist hotspot

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    Two Brits have been identified among four killed after two helicopters collided mid-air.

    Three others have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following the crash which took place near Sea World at Main Beach on Australia's Gold Coast.

    According to 9News, witnesses heard a "loud noise" and saw "bits of debris flying" after watching the two helicopters fly into each other.

    Those who died were reportedly all passengers in the same helicopter, and two of them were UK citizens, the Foreign Office reported this evening (Monday, January 2).

    A spokesperson said: "We are supporting the family of two British nationals who died in Australia and are in contact with the local authorities."

    It is thought the crash happened as one helicopter was taking off and another landing, said Gary Worrell, Queensland state police acting inspector.

    Footage of the devastating showed one helicopter being clipped by another as it flew over the water shortly after one of them took off.

    Mr Worrell said: "Members of the public and police tried to remove the people and they commenced first aid and tried to get those people to safety from an airframe that was upside down.

    "[People on] jet skis, family boaters, ordinary members of the public rushed to assist these people."

    Sea World Helicopters – a separate company from the nearby Sea World – said it was co-operating with authorities investigating the crash and expressed its sorrow at the news of the horror incident.

    "We and the entire flying community are devastated by what has happened and our sincere condolences go to all those involved and especially the loved ones and family of the deceased," a statement from the company said.

    The company did not confirm if it operated one or both helicopters involved in the crash and said it would not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

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