New video has been filmed by one of the surviving passengers of a helicopter involved in an in-flight accident, showing the terrifying moment of impact and a passenger’s attempts to warn the pilot of the upcoming collision.

The video was taken by a tourist in the cockpit of one of two helicopters which crashed near Sea World on Australia’s Gold Coast, killing four people and seriously injuring three others.

Shot by a passenger in the back seat, the 15-second clip begins with the camera panning around the windows from right to left, the coastline visible not far away.

The person sitting in the middle of the backseat points away, then pauses for a moment with their hand in the air before tapping the pilot on the shoulder.

The tapping soon becomes more frantic before they grab the pilot’s chair just before the moment of impact.

The camera swings to the side as glass shatters above the passengers after the other helicopter’s rotor slams into their plane.

The pilot managed to land the helicopter safely on a sandbar, with those on board sustaining minor injuries, mostly from the impact of the glass.

Two New Zealand couples, Elmarie and Riaan Steenberg and Edward and Marle Swart, and another woman were on board the helicopter.

A statement from the couples said they were ‘completely devastated’ by the crash, in which ‘a fun 5 minute ride on holiday in Australia turned into a nightmare’.

“Our deepest condolences and heartfelt condolences to the injured, deceased and families,” it read.

“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 who are fighting for their lives in hospital. Our hearts are so heavy for them.

“Our gratitude goes out to all the passers-by who ran to help, to all the police and emergency services personnel who helped us with our immediate needs by keeping us calm and making us feel comfortable. We saw friendship in action Australians come together to help in times of need .

“To our pilot who, through all the chaos, landed the helicopter safely, protecting us and other bystanders. You are our hero. Thank you so much.”

Four of the seven people on board the other helicopter died, including the pilot, a 36 year old mother and one British couple on holiday in Australia.

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