Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

The three came down near Alexander Drive at Mission Beach shortly after 3 p.m.

"A solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly", a statement from Queensland Police said.

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

The Daily Mail has reported that Pike, a mother of eight, received the skydiving trip as a 50th birthday gift from her family.

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Their bodies were found about a mile from the designated landing site.

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

Two men in their thirties and a woman in her forties were pronounced dead at the scene.

Operations of skydives have been suspended while the authorities conduct their investigation.

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The witness said it appeared the skydiver did not activate a back-up parachute after the first one failed.

'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening, ' the man who chose to go unnamed said.

Mission Beach is located halfway between Cairns and Townsville in Northern Queensland and is a popular destination for backpackers travelling down Australia's East Coast. "We value the tourism industry and this is a bad blow to that industry - particularly at Mission Beach, where we rely so heavily on tourism".

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