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Helicopter pilot ‘did not hear radio call’ before mid-air Gold Coast crash that killed four

Helicopter pilot ‘did not hear radio call’ before mid-air Gold Coast crash that killed four

A helicopter pilot did not hear a radio call from another chopper before a mid-air crash that killed a British couple and two others, an investigation has found.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) preliminary report into the crash between two sightseeing helicopters on the Gold Coast in January said the pilots may not have been able to see each other, but detailed how passengers desperately tried to raise the alarm.

Diane, 57, and Ron Hughes, 65, from Neston, Cheshire, died in the collision at around 2pm local time – 4am GMT – on Monday January 2 in Main Beach, not far from Sea World in the state of Queensland.

An emergency worker looks over a crashed helicopter following a collision near SeaWorld, on the Gold Coast, Australia

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Queensland Police said the pilot and three passengers died at the scene, including a pair travelling from the UK – and a woman, 36, from Glenmore Park, in New South Wales.

The report details factual information and the accident’s sequence of events but contains no findings.

One helicopter with a pilot and five passengers on board was on approach to land at a helipad next to the Sea World theme park and the second, with a pilot and six passengers, had just departed a separate but nearby helipad within the theme park when they collided above the Broadwater, the ATSB said.

The report details how the pilot of helicopter XH9 reported that they did not hear a taxi call over the radio from the pilot of XKQ.

“This does not necessarily mean that a taxi call was not made and this topic will be subject to detailed analysis by the ATSB investigation. The pilot of XH9 also reported that they did not see XKQ depart from the park helipad,” the report said.

The report details how two passengers on board helicopter XH9 spotted the oncoming helicopter XKQ.

“Understanding the helicopter would only get closer, at least one passenger attempted verbal guidance to the pilot”, the report said.

“As the verbal guidance did not work, and anticipating a potential collision, one passenger physically alerted the pilot.

“The pilot of XH9 later recalled being alerted to the other helicopter by a passenger, but the pilot did not see XKQ approaching prior to the collision.”

The daughter of a British couple was killed in the Gold Coast crash in January


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