2 Spanish Tourists Killed in Air Balloon Accident in Turkey’s Cappadocia

By Reuters
October 18, 2022Middle East
2 Spanish Tourists Killed in Air Balloon Accident in Turkey’s Cappadocia
Sight-seeing hot air balloons prepare to launch in Goreme Historical National Park, east of Nevesehir (Neapolis) in the province of the same name in central Turkey's historical Cappadocia (Kapadokya) region on Aug. 24, 2022. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty Images)

ANKARA—Two Spanish tourists were killed and three were injured on Tuesday when the hot air balloon they were traveling in made a hard landing in Turkey’s Cappadocia, the local governor’s office said.

The hot air balloon had taken off from the district of Avanos at sunrise, the governor of Nevsehir Province said.

“During the landing of the balloon, which was carrying 28 passengers and two crew members, two Spanish nationals lost their lives, while three Spanish citizens were injured,” he said in a statement.

“The treatment of those injured is continuing in hospitals in our city and they are not life-threatening,” it said.

The statement said the accident was caused by an unexpected increase in wind speed, according to initial assessments.

Hot air balloon rides are one of the most popular activities in the Cappadocia region, where they fly over valleys and volcanic “fairy chimney” formations.

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