A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others injured when the hot-air balloon they were riding crashed in the popular Turkish resort of Cappadocia on Wednesday, Reuters said, citing reports from local television channels.
Chinese and Malaysian nationals were on board when a sudden gust of wind caused the balloon to fall heavily to the ground as it was trying to land, according to a CNN Turk.
The fatality was identified as Tang Yi, and a Malaysian was reported to be in a critical condition, BBC News reported.
Cappadocia, in central Turkey, is famous for its geological features called “fairy chimneys”, and balloon rides are a popular way to see the cone-like formations.
However, fatal accidents occur occasionally. In May 2013, three Brazilians died when two balloons collided, and a British tourist was reported to have died in a crash in 2009, the news agency said.
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