An Australian boy, 10, remains in a coma after a helicopter crash
Three other people injured in the crash were released from hospitals on Thursday, according to Queensland Health.
Police said one helicopter was taking off and the other was landing when they crashed on Monday afternoon near the Sea World theme park on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
A pilot, two British visitors and the 10-year-old boy’s mother Vanessa Tadros, 36, were killed when the helicopter they were on went down after the rotor blades were sheared off. Those who were seriously injured were also on board that helicopter.
The pilot of the second helicopter managed to land safely on a sandbar despite extensive damage to the aircraft, authorities said.
Queensland Health said 10-year-old Nicholas Tadros from Sydney remained in a critical condition. A family relative told News Corp that the boy’s last operation to stop internal bleeding had been successful.
Earlier this week, the boy’s father, Simon Tadros, wrote on social media that his son was in an induced coma and connected to a life support machine to help him breathe.
“He is in a very serious and critical condition. I am asking for all your prayers to bring my little man back to me,” wrote Simon Tadros.
Health authorities said 9-year-old Leon de Silva woke up in Brisbane Children’s Hospital on Thursday morning. His mother Winnie, 33, was also awake and in a stable condition with two broken legs, a damaged left knee, a broken right shoulder and a broken collarbone.
Pilot Ashley Jenkinson, 40, and British tourists Ron Hughes, 65, and Diane Hughes, 57, were also killed in the crash.
John Orr-Campbell, director of Sea World Helicopters, which operated the two aircraft, said in a statement that Jenkinson was “a first-class pilot, a first-class man and a wonderful father, partner and friend.”
He said that the company was also mourning the death of the passengers, and that “they cannot imagine the terrible grief that their families and loved ones must be going through.” “
Video taken by one of the passengers in the helicopter that landed showed another passenger trying to warn the pilot that the second helicopter was approaching quickly by tapping him on the shoulder .
The passenger then squeezes the edge of the pilot’s seat into a brace as the cockpit is sprayed with broken glass after one of the rotor blades of the second helicopter hits the windshield.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the accident.