Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

It is the site of Australia's highest commercially available tandem dives, taking place from around 15,000 feet.

Mission Beach is near Cairns in Northern Queensland and is a popular tourist destination for skydivers and this is the worst accident in the history of the area.

An eyewitness told The Cairns Post that he could see that 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 a skydiver has been found in a residential yard in far north Queensland, with two more bodies found nearby after a mid-air collision caused their parachutes to fail.

In a statement issued this evening, Skydive Australia said it had suspended operations at Mission Beach following the tragedy.

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The deceased are reportedly two men in their 40s and a woman in her 50s.

"The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement continued.

"It wasn't good to watch".

They also extended their "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community". I had my heart in my mouth'.

At this stage, it is believed that two men and one woman were killed, with at least one of these people an instructor. Police investigators and other agencies remain at the scene.

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