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Old 05-20-2013, 01:24 PM
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Hot Air Balloon Crashes to the Ground Killing 2 Tourists and Injuring 23 Other People

A hot air balloon collided with another balloon mid-air during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey and crashed to the ground today, killing 2 Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board.

The accident occurred above central Turkey's Cappadocia region, when an ascending balloon struck another balloon's wicker basket above it, causing a tear in the balloon's fabric and sending it plunging to the ground.

The accident — the second fatal one in Cappadocia since operations began more than a decade ago — has put the spotlight on balloon safety and Turkey's civil aviation agency said it had launched an inquiry into the accident.

As the tours become increasingly popular, there are questions as to whether too many balloons may be launching over Cappadocia at the same time. In 2009, a British tourist was killed and nine other people were injured when two balloons also collided.

The passengers on board the balloon that crashed were mostly tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Spain. Many had fractured bones and were being treated in hospital around Nevsehir.

A Canada-based American tourist who witnessed the accident from another balloon, said and the crash occurred some 45 minutes after as many as 100 balloons had taken off for the early morning tour.

"We could hear the radio chatter and we knew something was happening. There was a frantic urgent transmission: 'Release your parachute! Release your parachute!" said Ross, whose balloon was some 200 metres away from the vessel that crashed.

"It was probably some 300 metres in the air and it descended increasingly rapidly to the ground," he said in a telephone interview. "There was a large tear in the fabric, probably some 10 to 15 metres long."

As his balloon flew directly over the crash site, Ross said he saw one person lying on the ground while other passengers were still inside the basket. Several ambulances and trucks were converging on to the scene.

Halil Uluer, owner of Anatolian Balloons which operated the tour, told the state-run Anadolu Agency that it appeared that one of the tourists had died of a heart attack.

Savas, the governor, said the second person died in hospital. They were aged 71 and 65, Anadolu said.

The balloons were flying above scenic canyons and volcanic cones of the Cappadocia region, a popular tourist destination some 300 kilometres from the capital, Ankara.


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Old 05-20-2013, 01:34 PM
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Re: Hot Air Balloon Crashes to the Ground Killing 2 Tourists and Injuring 23 Other Pe

wow they launch these all the time out here.. i've always wondered what it would look like if they fell. didnt go nearly as fast as i thought it would but still terrifying.

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Cool footage though.

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Re: Hot Air Balloon Crashes to the Ground Killing 2 Tourists and Injuring 23 Other Pe

I was expecting a ball of flames from some reason

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