Three skydivers die after mid-air collision

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident at Mission Beach south of Cairns

Kerri Pike, 50, was named as one of the victims who fell to their deaths after they collided with another instructor on Mission Beach, near Cairns.

Mission Beach is located halfway between Cairns and Townsville in Northern Queensland and is a popular destination for backpackers travelling down Australia's East Coast.

The Cairns Post reported emergency services were called to Alexander Drive at 3pm Friday, following reports three people had suffered critical injuries.

'I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw'.

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

Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

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The dead are two men, believed to be instructors, and a woman.

Operating company Skydive Australia told local media that it had suspended its operations at Mission Beach while an investigation took place.

The area is a popular spot for skydivers and this is the worst incident in history for the area. I could understand two, maybe, but not three.

"The company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community", it added. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.

Skydive Mission Beach has ceased operations for at least two days and all weekend jumps have been cancelled.

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