Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Three killed in skydiving accident in Australia

Her parachute became tangled on descent and she crashed into a tree along with her experienced tandem instructor, has reported.

The accident occurred at a popular skydiving spot at Mission Beach, a coastal tourist town south of the city of Cairns in the state of Queensland.

A witness told The Cairns Post that "one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident in north Queensland.

Two men aged in their 30s and a woman in her 50s are believed to have collided while skydiving near Cairns in northeastern Australia, police said.

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.

Paramedics said they were called out just after 3:00pm to Alexander Drive where two men and one woman were found deceased.

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

They also extended their "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

Police will compile a report for the coroner with the investigation to be assisted by CASA and the Australian Parachute Federation.

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

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