Two men and a woman have died in Mission Beach this afternoon, after what’s believed to be a mid-air collision during a skydiving jump.
According to the ABC, the three people landed on the lawn of a property in Alexander Drive, Mission Beach, which is a small coastal town about two hours’ drive south of Cairns.
Paramedics were called to the property at around 3pm this afternoon. Reportedly the place where the skydivers landed was roughly 1.5km north of the usual skydive landing site.
Queensland Police have released a statement about the accident, which they say involved two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s:
Initial investigations indicate that a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority confirmed that the accident did seem to be caused by the skydivers colliding in mid air.
There are a number of skydiving companies operating in Mission Beach. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.Source: ABC
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