New Zealand survivors of Gold Coast helicopter crash praise ‘hero’ pilot, thank Aussies for ‘mateship in action’
Two couples from New Zealand who survived the Gold Coast helicopter crash on Monday has spoken about the tragic incident.
Edward and Marle Swart along with Riaan and Elmarie Steenberg spoke of how the “fun five-minute joy ride on vacation to Australia turned into a nightmare” and said their “hearts are so heavy” for those who died in the other aircraft that fell to the ground.
“Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the injured and the deceased and their families,” they said in a joint statement released tonight.
“We are grateful and blessed to have been spared but very sad for the people who lost loved ones and the little ones and mum fighting for their lives in hospital.
“Our hearts are so heavy for them.”
The couples also thanked their 52-year-old pilot, who they described as “our hero” for landing their helicopter safely “through all the chaos”, as well as all the witnesses who helped in the aftermath.