2 Hawaii Tourists Killed In Helicopter Crash On Great Barrier Reef

Two American tourists died in a helicopter crash off Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on Wednesday afternoon.


The Guardian

There were four passengers in total on the helicopter operated by Whitsunday Air Services. The passengers who died were a 79-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman from Hawaii. The identities of those who were killed will only be released once their kin have been notified. The pilot and two more Americans survived the crash with minor injuries. The two other passengers were a 33-year-old-woman and a 34-year-old man from Colorado who also knew the two who were killed.

The helicopter plunged into the water as the pilot tried to pull the female passenger out of the wreckage.

The cause of the crash is still unknown and Australia’s air transportation safety bureau is still trying to determine whether the crash was caused by human error, environmental causes, or other factors. This is not the first time Whitsunday Air Services had an incident involving a crash.

On November 8, 2017, another helicopter under the same service ditched about 49 km north of Hamilton Island Airport. There were three passengers on board and the pilot deployed the aircraft’s emergency flotation system.


ABC

Whitsunday Air Services has suspended all operations as authorities figure out the cause of Wednesday’s crash.