Three dead after skydiving accident in Australia

A skydiving accident at Mission Beach in Queensland, Australia on Friday has left three skydivers dead. According to The Telegraph, a solo skydiver collided with the other two who were performing a tandem dive.

Police believe that the collision caused their chutes to become entangled and not deploy properly. Two of the victims were 34 and 35-year-old males with professional skydiving experience, while the third victim was a 50-year-old female customer of Skydive Australia which operated the dive.

Mission Beach is a popular skydiving destination in Queensland, lying just south of the city of Cairns. It is the site of Australia’s highest commercially available tandem dives, taking place from around 15,000 feet.

Skydive Australia released the following statement to The Telegraph:

"One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump. The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: a highly experienced instructor and a customer. The company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community."

Operations of skydives have been suspended while the authorities conduct their investigation. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and their family and friends.

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