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Three dead after skydiving accident in Australia

14 October 2017, 12:48 | Kevin Scott

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident in north Queensland

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident in north Queensland

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

The area's local mayor, John Kremastos, told the ABC that the incident was "horrible news", saying: "Three people in one accident is very, very sad".

Initial investigations indicate a solo skydiver collided with a tandem skydiving pair.

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

"Skydiving operations have been suspended at Mission Beach while the appropriate authorities conduct an extensive investigation". They were also pronounced dead.

"I watched it unfold".

"You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", said the witness who asked not to be named.

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He said that it appeared as if the skydiver did not activate a backup parachute.

"It wasn't good to watch".

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

Pike is the wife of a former councillor for the Cassowary Coast, which includes the town of Mission Beach.

Skydive Mission Beach's website states that the company offers tandem jumps from altitudes of up to 15,000ft or 4572m.

Police will compile a report for the coroner with the investigation to be assisted by CASA and the Australian Parachute Federation.



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