Three skydivers die after suspected mid-air collision in Australia

Three skydivers die after suspected mid-air collision in Australia

Three skydivers die after suspected mid-air collision in Australia

A Skydive Australia spokesman said: 'Three people have died after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland.

Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive, Mission Beach, shortly after 3pm.

Police said they are looking into whether a solo skydiver collided with two tandem skydivers, preventing their parachutes from opening correctly.

The two men and a woman were found dead in a garden in Mission Beach, halfway between Cairns and Townsville.

Police and other agencies remain at the scene, with representatives from The Australian Parachute Federation also sent in from Brisbane to investigate.

The skydive was a 50th birthday present from her family.

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She had been linked to a highly experienced instructor when the collision happened.

"Every person in Mission Beach we have spoken to about #skydive tragedy is absolutely heartbroken Big industry, well supported by locals", reporter Daniel Bateman reported on Twitter.

Operations of skydives have been suspended while the authorities conduct their investigation.

Mission Beach is a popular skydiving destination in Queensland, lying just south of the city of Cairns.

In a statement, Skydive Australia said: "One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump".

At this stage, it is believed that two men and one woman were killed, with at least one of these people an instructor.

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