The accident occurred while the helicopter was on final approach for a landing at it’s Hardy Reef Heliport. The crash site is about 65km north east of the Whitsundays. Two people have died in the crash. One person is in a serious condition while the two others have escaped with minor injuries. The helicopter went down about 250m from Hardy Reef pontoon, a structure used as a base for scuba divers and snorkellers.
The helicopter at the scene of accident
“We are extremely saddened by this incident and our deepest condolences are with the families of all of the passengers. Whitsunday Air Services is continuing to work with the Queensland Police, the ATSB and CASA to assist with their investigations,” the company said in a statement. Whitsunday Air Services be suspended all operations during investigation. “Investigators will interview witnesses, examine any available recorded data, review operational records and technical documentation amongst other activities. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.” the Australian Transport Safety Bureau announced. No further information is available at this time. There have been other helicopter tragedies in the Whitsundays over the years.