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Three dead in skydiving accident at Mission Beach, south of Cairns

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Authorities said it appeared there had been a mid-air collision. © ABC News: Kathy McLeish Authorities said it appeared there had been a mid-air collision.

Two men and a woman are dead after what is believed to be a mid-air collision between tandem and single skydivers at Mission Beach, south of Cairns.

A local resident said they had fallen onto the lawn of a property on Alexander Drive, about 1.5 kilometres north of the usual landing site.

Queensland police said the two men were aged in their 30s and the woman in her 50s.

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

Queensland Ambulance Service's Neil Noble said paramedics were called out just after 3:00pm.

A parachute in a tree on the property where three skydivers died in Mission Beach. © ABC News: Kathy McLeish A parachute in a tree on the property where three skydivers died in Mission Beach. "We had a report of a skydiver who had been found in the garden at a residence in Mission Beach," he said.

"Shortly thereafter we received another report of another two skydivers that'd been found close by."

Police talk to people on the Mission Beach street where three skydivers died. © ABC News: Kathy McLeish Police talk to people on the Mission Beach street where three skydivers died.

Brad Turner from the Australian Parachuting Federation said an investigator from the organisation was already in Mission Beach assisting.

"At what stage they collided, we don't know," he said. Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said the news was devastating.

"We are very, very saddened to hear about this news and right now I feel quite gutted actually," he said.

"It's horrible news for the families and the thoughts of the council and the residents go to all those concerned and the families of those that have been killed.

"Three people in one accident is very, very sad."

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.

Mission Beach. © AAP Image/Jordan Baker Mission Beach.

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