Tragedy as three people die in a horror skydiving accident at Mission Beach in Far North Queensland

Mail Online | 10/13/2017 | Kirby Spencer;Brooke Rolfe For Daily Mail Australia;Australian Associated Press
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A mother-of-eight and two experienced instructors died in a skydiving accident in far north Queensland.

Emergency services were called to Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, about 3.15pm on Friday.

Incident - Alexander - Drive - Queensland - Police

The incident occurred near Alexander Drive, with Queensland Police believing the woman in her 50s was a customer and the two men, aged 34 and 35, were instructors.

All three were treated for critical injuries but were confirmed dead on the scene by paramedics, with Skydive Australia stating two highly experienced instructors were killed as well as a customer.

Instructor - Thousands - Jumps - Jump - Statement

'One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump,' their statement read.

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

Company - Operations - Mission - Beach - Authorities

The company said skydiving operations have been suspended at Mission Beach while authorities conduct an extensive investigation.

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

Queensland - Police - Investigations - Solo - Skydiver

Queensland Police said that initial investigations indicate a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air.

After the collision their parachutes are believed to have failed to deploy correctly.

Victims - Backyard - House - Others - Tree

It is understood one of the victims was found in the backyard of a house, while the two others were located tangled in a nearby tree, about...
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