Three dead in Australia skydive incident


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

Mrs Pike's husband is former Cassowary Coast councillor Alister Pike.

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

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

Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air and their chutes got tangled.

The jumpers were not immediately named, but police said the dead men were instructors at Skydive Australia.

Mission Beach is a popular skydiving destination in Queensland, lying just south of the city of Cairns.

The divers, one of whom is believed to be an instructor, were in their 30s and 40s. "The company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

An eyewitness told The Cairns Post newspaper he could do nothing as he watched the incident unfold on Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said they watched one skydiver's chute become tangled up as they fell from the sky.

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

'No further details are available at this stage'.