Three skydivers killed in 'mid-air collision' in Australia

A Skydive Australia spokesman said: 'Three people have died after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland.

The three came down near Alexander Drive at Mission Beach shortly after 3 p.m.

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

The divers, one of whom is believed to be an instructor, were in their 30s and 40s.

One of the victims landed in the front garden of a house and the two others were found entangled in a nearby tree on a banana farm.

An eyewitness to the final moments of at least one of the skydivers told the Post there was nothing he could do.

A witness said: 'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening.

The company said skydiving operations had been suspended at Mission Beach while authorities conduct an extensive investigation.

He said that it appeared as if the skydiver did not activate a backup parachute.

The area is popular with tourists and especially backpackers.

"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.

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

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