Chinese Tourist Dies In Hot Air Balloon Accident in Turkey

A Chinese tourist has died after falling from a hot-air balloon in Turkey when a strong gust of wind caught the craft as it came in to land yesterday.

According to news report, the Chinese national, who was named in local media as Tang Yi, was taking photographs in the sightseeing area of Cappadocia in central Turkey.

Chinese Tourist Dies In Hot Air Balloon Accident in Turkey
Chinese Tourist Dies In Hot Air Balloon Accident in Turkey © SCMP

Gov. Mehmet Ceylan said a sudden change of wind direction appeared to have caused the balloon — which took off from Goreme — to make a rough landing. The exact cause of the accident was under investigation, he added.

He was reportedly standing up as the craft lurched in the high wind.

The balloon was carrying around 10 passengers in a trip over the renowned sightseeing region of Cappodocia when the winds hit.

One Chinese tourist who was standing up taking photos at the time fell from the balloon, which then made a hard landing on a barren hillside, according to the South China Morning Post.

Chinese Tourist Dies In Hot Air Balloon Accident in Turkey
Chinese Tourist Dies In Hot Air Balloon Accident in Turkey © SCMP

An investigation has been initiated into the incident.

The death is not the first in the popular tourist spot. Three Brazilian tourists were killed when two hot-air balloons collided in the tourist destination in May 2013, with a further 22 tourists injured. An accident in 2009 killed a British tourist and injured nine others.