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Sea World helicopter crash: Mother survivor describes panic on board

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A mother aboard one of the SeaWorld helicopters that collided in a horrific tragedy killing four has revealed the chaos on board as the helicopter crashes.

Winnie de Silva, 33, has spoken for the first time about the Gold Coast theme park tragedy which left her nine-year-old son Leon struggling for life in a coma.

Originally from Kenya and now living in Geelong, the community support worker had dreamed of taking her baby boy on a joy ride in a helicopter.

But just 20 seconds after takeoff, she heard a “loud noise” and felt “shaken” as the main rotor blades slammed into the cockpit of the second helicopter.

“I could see the pilot pressing all these buttons, stressed – he didn’t know what to do. I don’t remember much (after that) but everyone was shaking and worried,’ Ms de Silva told the Herald Sun.

Ms de Silva has two broken legs, a broken right shoulder, a broken collarbone and a damaged left knee after the Sea World helicopter crash

Sea World's two helicopters clipped in front of hundreds of holidaymakers on the Gold Coast

Sea World’s two helicopters clipped in front of hundreds of holidaymakers on the Gold Coast

Winnie de Silva, 33, moved from Kenya to Australia and her son Leon, 9 (pictured together) joined her just a year ago  They are among three survivors of the crashed helicopter and are both hospitalized

Winnie de Silva, 33, moved from Kenya to Australia and her son Leon, 9 (pictured together) joined her just a year ago

Terrified as the Eurocopter EC130 began to nose dive toward the ground, she squeezed her son’s hand as hard as she could.

“The only thing I could see was death in my eyes. I didn’t want to see death in my eyes, so I closed them and held my son’s hand next to me,” she said.

Seconds later, the helicopter caught fire when it crashed into a sandbar.

She remembers opening her eyes as she was stuck in the crumpled wreckage.

“My feet and my right arm were stuck. I remember screaming and screaming for help… I couldn’t get out,” Ms de Silva said.

Shortly after, a policeman came to her aid asking her name and date of birth, but she couldn’t remember.

Leon (pictured) has a fractured skull and is in an induced coma

His son Leon has a fractured skull and is fighting for his life in hospital

Four people were killed in a horror helicopter crash on Monday after two Sea World planes collided on the Gold Coast (pictured, wreckage from the crash)

Four people were killed in a horror helicopter crash on Monday after two Sea World planes collided on the Gold Coast (pictured, wreckage from the crash)

She suffered two broken legs, severe damage to her left knee, a badly broken right shoulder and broke her collarbone on impact.

Doctors expect her to remain at Gold Coast University Hospital for several weeks and now faces months of surgery, rehabilitation and recovery.

But his horrific injuries pale in comparison to Leon – who only moved to Australia a year ago to be with his mother.

He suffered a fractured skull, head trauma and facial injuries in the accident.

He is being treated at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and is now in an induced coma.

How the crash unfolded: A step-by-step look at how the accident that killed four people is believed to have happened

How the crash unfolded: A step-by-step look at how the accident that killed four people is believed to have happened

Ms de Silva's husband Neil had taken the Geelong family on a quick holiday to the Gold Coast and decided to shout out the couple a 10 minute flight so they could have the experience despite being in 'budget holiday to save money'

Ms de Silva’s husband Neil had taken the Geelong family on a quick holiday to the Gold Coast and decided to shout out the couple a 10 minute flight so they could have the experience despite being in ‘budget holiday to save money’

“The hospital called me early this morning to say the left side was not responding the way they wanted,” Mr de Silva told the Herald Sun on Tuesday.

“They asked my permission to drill a hole in the right side of his skull to attach a device to monitor his brain pressure.”

Ms de Silva’s husband Neil had taken the family on a quick holiday to the Gold Coast and decided to shout out the couple a 10 minute flight so they could have the experience despite being in ” budget vacations to save money’.

After waving the pair away, Mr de Silva watched in ‘numbed’ disbelief as they climbed into the other helicopter’s flight path, collided in a blast of glass and crashed into each other. crushed to the ground.

Mr De Silva added that despite their significant injuries, he felt lucky that they both survived. He set up a GoFundMe to help them pay their hospital bills.

Investigations are continuing into the causes of the accident.

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