Three sky­divers killed

The West Australian - - NEWS -

An ex­pe­ri­enced sky­div­ing in­struc­tor who had com­pleted thou­sands of jumps was one of three peo­ple killed af­ter a midair col­li­sion 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 yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, about 1.5km away from the reg­u­lar land­ing zone.

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 midair, with their para­chutes fail­ing to open prop­erly.

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

“The other two were jump­ing as a tan­dem pair: a highly ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor and a cus­tomer,” it said, while con­firm­ing it had sus­pended op­er­a­tions at Mis­sion Beach while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ued.

An eye­wit­ness told The Cairns Post news­pa­per: “You could see one chute was tan­gled and it wasn’t open­ing.”

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