Three dead after 'horrific' skydiving incident in Australia

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

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

Three skydivers were killed in Australia on Friday after what authorities believe was a mid-air collision.

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

Police said they are looking into whether a solo skydiver collided with two tandem skydivers, preventing their parachutes from opening correctly.

Queensland Police said the two men were aged in their 30s and the woman in her 50s.

Located halfway between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach attracts backpackers making their way down the Queensland coast, and multiple companies offer skydiving in the area.

The jumpers were not immediately named, but police said the dead men were instructors at Skydive Australia.

'The other two deceased were jumping as a tandem pair; a highly experienced instructor and a customer'.

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Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

"The Company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

"I watched it unfold".

'I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw'.

'It wasn't good to watch.

Residents of Mission Beach are said to be devastated by the accident.

Three people have died in a skydiving accident at Mission Beach, south of Cairns.

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