Three people killed in skydiving accident at Mission Beach, Queensland


Three skydivers were killed in Australia on Friday after what authorities believe was a mid-air collision.

Police and paramedics were called to Mission Beach, Queensland at today - where two men in their thirties and a woman in her fifties were found dead.

Skydive Mission Beach has ceased operations for at least two days and all weekend jumps have been cancelled.

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Skydive Australia released a statement following the incident confirming that three people had died after sustaining injuries in the accident.

A third victim, a highly experienced tandem jumper who had completed thousands of successful jumps, was found dead at a nearby property after skydiving solo.

"You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

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Skydiving is a popular tourist activity in the area, with numerous backpackers who travel the Queensland coast stopping by Mission Beach.

'I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw'. The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: "a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement from Skydive Australia reads.

'It wasn't good to watch.

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The accident occurred at a popular skydiving spot at Mission Beach, a coastal tourist town south of the city of Cairns in the state of Queensland. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.