Three skydivers killed in 'mid-air collision' over tourist beach

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

Police said they are looking into whether a solo skydiver collided with two tandem skydivers, preventing their parachutes from opening correctly. 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.

The area's local mayor, John Kremastos, told the ABC that the incident was "horrible news", saying: "Three people in one accident is very, very sad".

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Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns.

Our thoughts are with the families of the two men, thought to be in their thirties, and the one woman, in her fifties, who died in the accident. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.

'No further details are available at this stage'.

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'One of the deceased was a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps and was completing a solo jump.

'The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: a highly experienced instructor and a customer'.

A statement from Skydive Australia, the company who organised the doomed skydives, released a statement following the tragedy.

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