Three children have been left without their parents after a terrible helicopter crash.
Andrew Hamish Davidson from New Zealand was with his wife Lin and their three children when the family got involved in a tragic helicopter accident.
According to the reports, the pilot wanted to take his family on a trip to a restaurant some 125 miles north of Christchurch when the helicopter he had bought just months ago crashed at a rocky beach.
The incident took place near Kekerengu River when the family attempted to land the aircraft near a popular restaurant called The Store where they planned on having lunch.
Following the crash, nearby residents rushed to the scene and rescued the survivors from the wreckage in fear that the helicopter could catch fire. While both Andrew and Lin died, their three children survived.
After emergency services arrived at the scene, the three survivors were airlifted to Wellington Hospital.
“Our ambulance crews treated three patients, all with serious injuries, and all three were airlifted to Wellington Hospital by helicopter,” a spokesperson for St John Ambulance explained as he revealed that three emergency helicopter crews were dispatched to the crash scene.
As one of Davidson’s relatives revealed in an interview with Stuff, “the children have been left without parents” just two months after Andrew had bought the helicopter.
Recalling the tragic moment, a nearby B&B owner explained how she saw the aircraft falling from the sky while she was in her home.
“I just saw the helicopter going round and round and it went down … I think it must’ve gone in the water,” Lyn Mehrtens said. “My husband just took off. He said, ‘God I’ve got to go.’”
After Mr. Mehrtens arrived at the scene of the crash, other locals joined him in a bid to remove all of the crash victims from the aircraft.
“I went over to see if I could help and it was a bit of a mess. Bits and pieces everywhere and people screaming inside the helicopter,” Mehrtens recalled.
“One wee girl was crying and calling out for her mum and the others weren’t too healthy at all.”