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Three skydivers killed in 'mid-air collision' over tourist beach

Three skydivers killed in 'mid-air collision' over tourist beach

She had been doing a tandem dive with one of the instructors.

Mission Beach, located between Cairns and Townsville, is a regular skydiving spot for tourists.

The sky-dive was a present for Kerri from her family.

One shocked onlooker said: "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", he said.

Two men and a woman have died in Mission Beach this afternoon, after what's believed to be a mid-air collision during a skydiving jump.

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In a statement, Skydive Australia said: "One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump".

"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.

Queensland Police said the two men were aged in their 30s and the woman in her 50s. Two of the victims were 34 and 35-year-old males with professional skydiving experience, while the third victim was a 50-year-old female customer of Skydive Australia which operated the dive.

"Skydiving operations have been suspended at Mission Beach while the appropriate authorities conduct an extensive investigation".

The others, another instructor and a customer, were jumping as a tandem pair, said the company organising the jump, Skydiving Australia, in a statement. Police investigators and other agencies remain at the scene.