Three die in skydiving accident in Australia

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

Kerri Pike was killed along with two experienced instructors.

A spokesman for Queensland Ambulance Service said: "Paramedics attended a skydiving accident on Alexander Drive in Mission Beach at 3.30pm today".

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

"You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", said the unnamed man.

Three skydivers have died in a horrific mid-air collision on Australia's Queensland coast.

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

The area is a popular spot for skydivers and this is the worst incident in history for the area.

Police said initial investigations indicated a solo skydiver collided with a tandem skydiving pair over Mission Beach, about 110 kilometres south-east of Cairns, just after 3pm on Friday.

Brad Turner from the Australian Parachuting Federation said an investigator from the organisation was already in Mission beach assisting with investigations.

"I don't understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them".

'It wasn't good to watch.

"The company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community", it added. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said. Police investigators and other agencies remain at the scene.

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