Two people die in tandem skydiving accident

Police at the scene where two skydivers have died at Wilton. Picture: Damian Shaw
Police at the scene where two skydivers have died at Wilton. Picture: Damian Shaw


A SYDNEY-BASED skydiver and a Singaporean national in Australia on a work visa were killed in a tandem skydiving accident after landing on a rural property in Sydney's south west today.

The skydiver, aged in his 60s, and the other man, aged in his 20s, were skydiving with Sydney Skydivers, which has a "dropzone" base and runway located on Picton Rd, just a few hundred metres away from where they crashed on Wilton Rd, Wilton just after 2pm.

It is believed the men died on impact.

"It's a terrible thing for the family," acting Inspector Shaun Baker, from Camden Police, said.

"Police are going around to premises (of the victim's family) at the moment.

"We are currently waiting on aviation investigators."

One of the men, who died in a tragic skydiving accident. Picture: Damian Shaw
One of the men, who died in a tragic skydiving accident. Picture: Damian Shaw

Sydney Skydivers owner Phil Onis said his employee has been jumping out of planes for more than 20 years.

"He was an experienced skydiver," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"We are keen to get in there and find out what happened.

"This has never happened before."

Mr Onis also confirmed this his skydivers normally have two parachutes.

Chase Stephenson is a co-owner of the property where the skydivers landed and said his seven-year-old daughter had been traumatised at the sight of the bodies, which landed in their front yard.

A van from Sydney Skydivers at the scene of the tragic accident today.
A van from Sydney Skydivers at the scene of the tragic accident today.

"She has seen the aftermath," Mr Stephenson said.

"She hasn't seen them hit the ground but she is pretty traumatised. It's a shocking thing for a young girl to see."

Mr Stephenson said he was away at Jervis Bay for the weekend and was told of the incident by his sister and mother, who live at the property.

"I've been told they landed in the driveway," Mr Stephenson said.

"So there's no real nice way to put it.

"She's very shaken up by it and she's spoken to a counsellor.

"It's not the sort of thing you expect to happen."

He said his five-year-old nephew also saw the bodies and that his two-year-old niece was there but unaware of what had occurred.

Police are investigating after the two skydivers died at Wilton.
Police are investigating after the two skydivers died at Wilton.

Mr Stephenson said his family had been locked out of the property while police investigate.

"They've been told they can't get back in the house because the area is a crime scene but we've got friends who can help us out," he said.

A neighbour, who wished to only be known as Shawn, said a skydiver had dropped in his front paddock three years ago - but he survived.

"We are about 1.5km from the drop zone and it's not uncommon for people to be land further away," he said.

"We see a lot of people flying overhead on the weekends."

A crime scene has been set up and investigations are under way.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

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