Hot air balloon accident in Turkey kills 1 tourist, hurts 20

April 09, 2017 - 2:57 am

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a hot air balloon has crashed near a tourist destination in central Turkey, killing one tourist and wounding 20 others.

The Anadolu Agency says several hot air balloons lifted off Sunday in Turkey's Cappadocia region to give tourists a scenic view of the historic site. One hit a high-voltage transmission line during its descent and crashed.

There was no immediate information on the identity of the tourist killed. The wounded were taken to local hospitals.

Cappadocia is a popular tourist destination, known for its volcanic rock-formations, underground cities and churches carved into mountainsides.

A Danish tourist was killed in Cappadocia in February when a hot air balloon made a hard landing, and in March 49 people were injured when three balloons made hard landings amid strong winds.

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