Six Children Killed When Bouncy House Flies In A Strong Gust Of Wind

Six families continue to mourn the loss of their children, killed during end-of-school-year celebrations in December.

Hillcrest Primary School students in grades 5 and 6 were playing on a jumping castle and inside inflatable Zorb balls when a gust of wind lifted them into the air.

Witnesses watched on as children fell to the ground from a height of about 10 metres, before part of the jumping castle came to rest in a tree.

Staff and students ran to help the injured children and emergency services arrived, with a helicopter landing on the north-west Tasmanian school’s oval.

Despite their best efforts, Peter Dodt, Jalailah Jayne-Marie Jones, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan, Zane Mellor, and Chace Harrison died.

Three other students were injured but survived after spending several days in hospital.