–Experienced skydiver among three killed

October 13, 2017

The investigation will continue into how an experienced instructor and two other tandem skydivers died in the horror accident in north Queensland.

The man, in his 30s, was found in a backyard at Mission Beach while the other two were found in a nearby tree, about 1.5km away from the regular landing zone on Friday afternoon.

The pair on a tandem dive, a woman in her 50s and another instructor in his 30s, also suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

Police believe the solo skydiver may have collided with the tandem skydivers in mid-air, with their parachutes failing to open properly.

Operating company Skydive Australia released a statement that said the solo skydiver was a “highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps”.

Skydive Australia confirmed it had suspended operations at Mission Beach while investigations into the incident continued.

The Australian Parachute Federation is also reportedly sending representatives north from Brisbane to investigate. – #1 News in a FLASH

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