Two American Travelers Killed in Australian Helicopter Crash Along Great Barrier Reef

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March 25, 2018 4:30 pm Published by

According to officials from the Queensland Police Department, Two U.S Travelers who were being transported in a helicopter to a coral-viewing site along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Wednesday were killed after the helicopter crashed in the site. For reasons yet to be determined, the helicopter – carrying five people in total – went down into the water near a large pontoon for snorkelers and divers close to the barrier reef, police said.

In the moments after the crash, the pilot and pulled Sue Hensel from the helicopter, while others performed CPR on both victims under instruction by phone from emergency services officers. But desperate attempts to revive the 65-year-old woman failed. Two other passengers were flown back to the Australian mainland to undergo treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The 35-year-old pilot and two remaining passengers, a 33-year-old man and 34-year-old woman from Colorado escaped with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the helicopter was on its final approach for landing at the Hardy Reef viewing pontoon on what was a routine flight. “As a result of that crash, emergency services have attended and an independent, transparent and robust investigation is now underway”, local police inspector Ian Haughton said.

“Some of those people were spoken to last night, and the other people, they will be part of the investigations that are continuing as we speak”. It said the chopper crashed into the water “in the vicinity of Hardy Reef, north-west of Hook Island”.

Police confirmed the four passengers on board were USA tourists from the same party. Whitsunday Air Services said it would suspend services until the review is complete. Speaking in Mackay, about 80 nautical miles from the crash site, Inspector Ian Haughton said the older passengers’ causes of death would be confirmed in coming days but they appeared to have suffered “minimal significant injuries”.

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