Three killed in skydiving accident at Mission Beach, Queensland

Australia skydiving: Three dead after 'mid-air collision'

Three people died on Friday in what is believed to be a mid-air skydiving collision, with one of the victims found in someone's garden.

It is understood the bodies of Mrs Pike and her instructor were found tangled in a tree on a banana farm, about 1.5km from the regular landing zone, NewsCorp reports.

"Initial investigations indicate that a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly".

"Three people have died after sustaining injuries from a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland".

'One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump, ' they said. The bodies of a tandem skydiving pair were found nearby a short time later.

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Two men in their thirties and a woman in her forties were pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Mission Beach is a popular skydiving destination in Queensland, lying just south of the city of Cairns. I had my heart in my mouth'. "We value the tourism industry and this is a bad blow to that industry - particularly at Mission Beach, where we rely so heavily on tourism".

They said investigators and other agencies remained at the scene.

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