On Sunday, several hot air balloons were flying up in the Turkish sky, but one of them hit a high-voltage transmission line and crashed near Cappadocia. The air balloon was carrying 20 passengers before the accident happened and it resulted in one death and seven injuries.
"A French citizen lost his life and seven people - four of them Turkish and three foreigners - were injured," local officials said. Now, the Turkish civil aviation experts are trying to dig deeper into details on how the crash happened. The Frenchman's identity hasn't been revealed yet.
There were 81 hot air balloons that took off that day so that tourists can get a better view of the historical site of Cappadocia and reports have it that adverse winds could have caused the crash. Following the crash, the tours were temporarily postponed on Wednesday because of bad weather but later resumed on Saturday.
According to Daily Mail, the injured tourists were brought to three hospitals where they received the necessary treatment. Fortunately, the cases were not that serious so the victims were released afterward.
This is not the first time that this kind of accident happened because, in February, a hot air balloon also crashed at the same site which resulted in the death of a Danish tourist. According to ABC News, it was reported that the balloon landed really hard near the site.
In March, there were 49 casualties because three balloons were forced to make hard landings because of the strong winds. Most of the tourists were Korean, Chinese, and European, and fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries during that accident.
Just south of the Turkish capital of Ankara, Cappadocia is a very famous tourist spot because of its underground cities, geological formations and structures that are carved into mountains. The region gets about 2.5 million tourists annually both locally and internationally.