The father of a 10-year-old Australian helicopter crash victim speaks out as his son fights for his life

A husband who lost his wife in a helicopter crash off Australia’s Gold Coast has spoken out as his 10-year-old son is fighting for his life.

Simon Tadros watched from the ground as the Sea World plane took off Monday afternoon with his wife Vanessa Tadros, 36, and son Nicholas on board.

Mr. Tadros released the statement on social media via Vanessa’s event planning company, Vee Vee Creations. He wrote: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I must inform everyone of the passing of my beautiful wife and mother to my son Vanessa.

“Vanessa was one of the victims of the Sea World helicopter crash that occurred on the Gold Coast a few days ago. While my son is fighting for his life in the ICU of Gold Coast Hospital.”

He explained that his wife’s business would be closing, apologizing to customers who may have been “inconvenient”.

Daughter British man and his wife who died in the crash he also released a statement to the media saying their family was “heartbroken”.

Jane Manns, daughter of Ron Hughes, 65, who died with his wife Diane, 57, said: “Our family is devastated and we are still trying to contact friends and family to let them know.

“We ask that you respect our privacy during this devastating time.”

Mr Hughes, from Neston, Cheshire, was reportedly visiting his daughter and her family in Australia when the tragic accident occurred.

Dave Boyce, Ms Hughes’s brother, wrote on Facebook: “For those who don’t know my sister and her husband were involved in the Gold Coast helicopter crash yesterday.

“We would also like to thank everyone for the love and support we have received. We are truly humble at this heartbreaking time.”

The couple were killed along with the 40-year-old pilot when their helicopter collided with another helicopter around 2pm local time (4am GMT) on Monday on Main Beach.

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The helicopter pilot, Ashley Jenkinson, lived in the Gold Coast area but was originally from Birmingham where he once worked in the bars on Broad Street in the city.

Ritchie Gregg, who had known Jenkinson for 10 years, said he left behind a son, Kayden, and a fiancée.

The 9-year-old boy and his mother were among the other passengers in the helicopter and are currently in hospital.

Neil De Silva, Winnie’s husband and Leon’s stepfather, who joined the couple on holiday in the Gold Coast from Geelong, Australia, set up a GoFundMe page to help keep the family on their feet while they need time to recover.

He wrote on the site: “Luckily both are alive but have multiple surgeries ahead of them which means the family will have to stay here on the Gold Coast and I won’t be able to go back to work.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his thoughts were with those affected by the incident.

After the incident, he said: “Australia is shocked to hear about the terrible and tragic helicopter incident that occurred on the Gold Coast today.

“My thoughts are with everyone affected, including first responders, and my deepest sympathies are with those who are bereaved.”

Queensland Police said there were six passengers on board the second plane, which landed on the Broadwater sandbank, including the pilot, a 52-year-old Clontarf resident.

The passengers included a 27-year-old woman from Western Australia and two families from New Zealand who were traveling together, a 44-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman from one family, and a 48-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman. -year-old woman on the other.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is involved in the investigation into the incident. Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said it was a “tragic start to the new year” but “greatly fortunate” no more lives were lost.

He explained that the main rotors of the taking-off helicopter collided with the landing helicopter at an altitude of about 200 m, causing significant damage to the nose section.

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