Three dead after 'horrific' skydiving incident in Australia

Three people died in a "horrific" skydiving incident in northeast Australia after a solo diver collided with a pair on a tandem leap.

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

Queensland Police said the two men were aged in their 30s and the woman in her 50s.

There are a number of skydiving companies operating in Mission Beach.

"Every person in Mission Beach we have spoken to about #skydive tragedy is absolutely heartbroken Big industry, well supported by locals", reporter Daniel Bateman reported on Twitter.

One eyewitness told the Cairns Post: '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'.

The body of the other instructor was located in the garden of a nearby house.

Mission Beach mother of eight Kerri Pike, 50, has been confirmed as one of three victims in a freak skydiving accident in Northern Queensland.

'It wasn't good to watch.

Kimberley said he knew little of the details, including on the initial discovery of the victims, but added that skydivers usually landed on Mission Beach in front of the Castaways resort, which is about 3km south of the less populated area near Alexander Drive, where the victims were found. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

Police and other agencies remain at the scene, with representatives from The Australian Parachute Federation also sent in from Brisbane to investigate.

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