At least one of the deceased is a skydiving instructor. Researchers previous year detected three tonnes of silver and 43kg of gold in effluent and sludge from wastewater treatment plants - valued at 3 million Swiss francs (S$4.15 million). I could understand two, maybe, but not three.
Queensland Ambulance Service operations supervisor Neil Noble said the skydivers' injuries were so severe they were pronounced dead at the scene.
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". He said that it wasn't clear why the parachute hadn't been released and that a collision could have happened at a higher altitude.
The two men and a woman were found dead in a garden in Mission Beach, halfway between Cairns and Townsville.More news: Mother in vaccination fight loses primary custody of son
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Mission Beach is a popular skydiving destination in Queensland, lying just south of the city of Cairns.
Police will compile a report for the coroner with the investigation to be assisted by CASA and the Australian Parachute Federation.
The company involved was named as Skydive Australia, which offers skydiving from 18 locations across Australia. No further details are available at this stage.
The solo skydiver was a "highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps", while the other two were a customer and another experienced instructor, it said in a statement.