Three dead in skydiving accident south of Cairns

Three dead in skydiving accident south of Cairns

Three dead in skydiving accident south of Cairns

Three people died in a "horrific" skydiving incident in northeast Australia after a solo diver collided with a pair on a tandem leap.

It is understood that emergency services attended the scene at Mission Beach, off Alexander Drive at approximately 3pm this afternoon.

Two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s were found dead at the scene.

Our thoughts are with the families of the two men, thought to be in their thirties, and the one woman, in her fifties, who died in the accident.

A local resident said three people had fallen onto the lawn of a property on the street, about 1.5 kilometres north of the usual landing site.

Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

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There are believed to be two companies offering skydiving activities in Mission Beach, which is a 14km stretch of sand with four villages based along it. "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", he recalled.

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

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

Mission Beach, located between Cairns and Townsville, is a regular skydiving spot for tourists, with the fatalities the worst in the industry's history for the region.

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

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