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Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

Police believe the solo skydiver may have collided with the tandem skydivers in mid-air, with their parachutes failing to open properly.

Two men and a woman have died in a horror skydiving accident at an Australian resort popular with backpackers.

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.

Vision captured shortly before the fatalities has emerged of other tourists successfully completing their jumps at the beach.

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

Kerri Pike was killed along with two experienced instructors.




"I don't understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them".

"Important to note skydiving has been in place at Mission Beach for many years, this is worst incident in industry's history in the region".

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

Police have not yet released further details of the crash.

There are a number of skydiving companies operating in Mission Beach.

A third victim, a highly experienced tandem jumper who had completed thousands of successful jumps, was found dead at a nearby property after skydiving solo.