Australian skydivers died in mid-air collision, coroner finds

Australian skydivers died in mid-air collision, coroner finds

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The three skydivers, not pictured, collided with one another above Mission Seaside in Far North Queensland

Three Australian skydivers killed in an accident in 2017 died immediately in a mid-air collision, a coroner has discovered.

Toby Turner’s parachute opened early throughout a dive in Far North Queensland, inflicting him to collide with tandem pair Kerri Pike and Peter Dawson.

Coroner Nerida Wilson stated Mr Turner made an “error of judgement” by utilizing a parachute container that was too massive.

Ms Wilson informed an inquest in Cairns that skydivers must be banned from checking their very own tools.

The accident occurred over Mission Seaside on 13 October 2017. Mr Turner, who was an skilled skilled skydiver, had joined the dive on the final minute as a result of there was an empty seat on the aircraft.

As he was an expert, he was allowed to pack his personal parachute and test his personal tools, Ms Wilson stated in her findings.

He jumped simply earlier than Mrs Pike, who had been given the dive as a birthday current from her husband and was strapped right into a tandem harness together with her teacher Mr Dawson.

When Mr Turner’s parachute deployed early, it compelled him into the trail of Mrs Pike and Mr Dawson who have been above him on the time.

Their our bodies have been later found on a residential street, about 1.5km (1 mile) from the drop zone the place they’d been anticipated to land.

In her suggestions, Ms Wilson urged skydiving teams in Australia to introduce stricter tools checks and to cease permitting skilled divers to test their very own tools.

“This was a tragic accident, which resulted within the deaths of three much-loved neighborhood members from the Mission Seaside space,” she stated.

“It’s hoped that the coronial course of and the suggestions I’ve made will help in avoiding such a tragic accident from occurring once more.”

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