Hot air balloon accident - level 3

Hot air balloon accident - level 3

28-05-2013 06:00

Two hot air balloons collided midair in Turkey on Monday. One of them crashed to the ground and it was caught on camera.

A Brazilian tourist was killed and at least two dozen others were injured. They were on a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Cappadocia, a popular tourist resort famed for its "fairy chimney" volcanic cones.

According to local media, the ascending balloon struck the other one's wicker basket above it, causing a tear that sent it plunging to the ground.

It's the second fatal accident in Cappadocia since balloon sightseeing tours were launched there more than a decade ago. In 2009 a British tourist died when two balloons also collided midair.

Interesting words: midair (in the air), cone (special shape which looks like a container for ice cream), ascending (going up), wicker (material baskets are made of), plunge (fall down) fatal (resulting in someone's death).

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