Three skydivers killed
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.”