Three Skydivers Dead After Shocking Mid-Air Accident At QLD's Mission Beach

14 October, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Patsy Dennis
  • Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive Mission Beach about 3.15pm on Friday

Paramedics said they were called out just after 3:00pm to Alexander Drive where two men and one woman were found deceased.

Police believe a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers, with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly.

Two men aged in their 30s and a woman in her 50s are thought to have collided while skydiving near Cairns in northeastern Australia.

A mother-of-eight who died alongside two experienced male instructors in a horrific skydiving accident was gifted the tandem-jump as a birthday present.

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According to skydiving company, SKYDIVE Australia, the solo diver was an experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps and Pike, who the company did not list by name, was jumping with a "highly experienced instructor".

One eyewitness said: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

The two others were discovered soon afterwards, where they had become entangled in a nearby tree.

"It wasn't good to watch".

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The company involved was named as Skydive Australia, which offers skydiving from 18 locations across Australia.

The aerial accident happened at Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km south of Cairns. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

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

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