One helicopter appeared to be taking off and the other landing when they collided near Sea World theme park in Queensland state.

Two helicopters have collided in an Australian tourist hotspot, killing four passengers and critically injuring three others in a crash that drew emergency aid from beachgoers enjoying the water

One helicopter appeared to have been taking off and the other landing when they collided on Monday afternoon near the Sea World theme park in Main Beach

“Those two aircraft, when collided, have crash landed, and landed, on the sandbank just out from Sea World resort,” Gary Worrell, Queensland state police acting inspector, said.

“As a result of that, four people have lost their lives today,” he said. “Three others are critical in hospital.” he added.

One helicopter landed safely on a sandbank, but debris from the other was spread across an area police described as difficult to access

Passengers in the other helicopter, which lost its windscreen in the crash, are also receiving medical assistance.