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Sydney skydivers filmed moments before taking fatal plunge

15 July 2017 10:41 PM
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Sydney skydivers filmed moments before taking fatal plunge

A Sydney skydiving instructor and his tandem partner have been filmed smiling in a plane moments before leaping to their deaths.

The GoPro camera video was taken by fellow skydiver Dustin Leonard, who then shared it with Daily Mail Australia.

“I think it's just tragic. It's just a fluke accident,” Mr Leonard told the publication.

Mr Leonard jumped just seconds before the pair, who later crash landed 85km south-west of Sydney.

“We got notified that some guys might have landed far away… I don't think anyone knew something bad had happened.”

The skydivers, a man aged in his 60s and a male Singaporean student in his 20s, were found dead on the driveway of a home on Wilton Road, in Wilton yesterday.

Police were called to the scene about 2pm after a local resident discovered the bodies and raised the alarm.

It is understood the pair took off from the nearby Sydney Skydiver's centre, which was also their intended landing zone, but crashed onto a driveway about one kilometre away.

A spokesman for Sydney Skydivers said the exact cause of the incident was not yet known, but more information would be released once police and safety officers from the Australian Parachute Federation finished their investigations.

Owner Phil Onis told News Corp his instructor had been skydiving for more than 20 years.

A skydiver was killed at the same drop zone in 2012 after a mid-air collision with another jumper.


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