Thursday 19 October 2017

Three dead in skydive accident after mid-air collision

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Three skydivers were killed in Australia on Friday after what authorities believe was a mid-air collision.

Two men aged in their 30s and a woman in her 50s are believed to have collided while skydiving near Cairns in northeastern Australia, police said.

Their bodies were found about a mile from the designated landing site.

Police in a statement said “initial investigations indicate that a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly”.

They believe the two men who died worked for the skydiving company. The woman is believed to have been a customer.

Investigators remain at the scene.

Senior Sergeant Peter Williamson said the investigation was ongoing and they were appealing for witnesses.

"Naturally, any accident involving skydivers is not good for anyone," he said.

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