Australian skydivers dead after mid-air collision

13 October, 2017, 23:44 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive Mission Beach about 3.15pm on Friday

The woman has been named by local media as Kerri Pike, a mother of eight.

Police said initial investigations found one person may have collided with tandem skydivers, and their parachutes failed to deploy correctly.

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

All planned skydives were suspended following the incident, and Skydive Australia sent their thoughts to the families of those involved.

An eyewitness was quoted as saying: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

"One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump".

Skydiving is an attraction for adventure-minded tourists in the area, along with whitewater rafting on the Tully River, he added.

Three people have been killed in a tragic skydiving accident in Mission Beach, Australia.

Two men in their 30s, and a woman in her 50s, were found dead at the scene, Queensland police said in a statement.

The body of the other instructor was located in the garden of a nearby house. I could understand two, maybe, but not three.

Brad Turner from the Australian Parachuting Federation said an investigator from the organisation was already in Mission beach assisting with investigations. The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: "a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement from Skydive Australia reads.

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