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

Reportedly the place where the skydivers landed was roughly 1.5km north of the usual skydive landing site.

Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

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

Skydiving is a popular tourist activity in the area, with numerous backpackers who travel the Queensland coast stopping by Mission Beach.

The Cairns Post reports the jump was a 50th birthday present for the woman, from her family.

Skydive Australia, the company that operated the skydive, said in a statement: "One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump".

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"The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement continued.

The company said skydiving operations had been suspended at Mission Beach while authorities conduct an extensive investigation.

"I watched it unfold".

"You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", said the unnamed man. I had my heart in my mouth'.

Cassowary Shire councillor Wayne Kimberley, a who has represented the Mission Beach area for more than a decade, said it was a "terrible accident and obviously a tragedy for the community and the [local tourism] industry".

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



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