Three skydivers killed in 'mid-air collision' over tourist beach

Pablo Tucker
October 14, 2017

Three people have died during a skydiving accident over Mission Beach, a popular backpacking area just south of Cairns in Australia.

Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive, Mission Beach, about 3.15pm on Friday.

She had been doing a tandem dive with one of the instructors.

Queensland police said the victims were two males who were highly experienced skydiving professionals, aged 34 and 35, and a 50-year-old woman customer.

Vision captured shortly before the fatalities has emerged of other tourists successfully completing their jumps at the beach.

Kerri Pike was killed along with two experienced instructors.

Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

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

In a statement issued this evening, Skydive Australia said it had suspended operations at Mission Beach following the tragedy.

In the tiny community of Mission Beach, Queensland, parachuting is a popular activity for tourists looking for an exciting way to enjoy the handsome scenery.

"You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", said the unnamed man.

'It wasn't good to watch. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

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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