Three dead in skydiving accident south of Cairns

14 October, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Becky Perry

Three skydivers have died after they were involved in a suspected mid-air collision in Australia.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Alexander Drive shortly after 3pm, with the victims treated for critical injuries but pronounced dead.

Police said initial investigations found one person may have collided with tandem skydivers, and their parachutes failed to deploy correctly.

The dead included two men in their thirties and a woman in her fifties, officials said.

Kerri Pike, 50, was named as one of the victims who fell to their deaths after they collided with another instructor on Mission Beach, near Cairns. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.

Kerri Pike was killed along with two experienced instructors. The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: "a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement from Skydive Australia reads.

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There are reports that three people have died after a skydiving accident near a beach in Brisbane.

The skydive was a 50th birthday present from her family.

There are believed to be two companies offering skydiving activities in Mission Beach, which is a 14km stretch of sand with four villages based along it.

An eyewitness was quoted as saying: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

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

Police have not yet released further details of the crash.

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