This Tuesday a man in his 20s died after falling from a hot air balloon in mid-flight, Israeli police said. The victim was a crew member who was hanging from the basket when he fell.
“I don’t know how this happened, but he hung on the basket”Amir Almog, the man’s employer, told reporters.
He recounted that the pilot told the man to jump when the balloon was still close to the ground, but he insisted he could hold. The pilot could not land immediately and the man fell from about 50 meters highAlmog said.
A fatal accident
Local police official Slava Bonchuk told Israeli Army radio that an initial investigation revealed that the hot air balloon appears to have taken off with the man clinging to the basket.
The man fell before the pilot could land the hot air balloon.
The local press reported that the man fell on a car that happened on a highway in a rural area of northern Israel. Police sealed off the area to investigate the incident.
The balloon and its 14 passengers on board landed safely.