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Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident near Mission Beach in Queensland

Kerri Pike was killed along with two experienced instructors.

She had been doing a tandem dive with one of the instructors.

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

It is believed her husband Alister, a former local councillor, and children had gifted the skydive as a 50th birthday present.

'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening, ' the man who chose to go unnamed said.

In a statement issued this evening, Skydive Australia said it had suspended operations at Mission Beach following the tragedy.

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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.

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

Police said initial investigations indicated a solo skydiver collided with a tandem skydiving pair over Mission Beach, about 110 kilometres south-east of Cairns, just after 3pm on Friday.

Located halfway between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach attracts backpackers making their way down the Queensland coast, and multiple companies offer skydiving in the area.

"The Company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community", the statement read.

Police and other agencies remain at the scene, with representatives from The Australian Parachute Federation also sent in from Brisbane to investigate.

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