Tuesday Aug 06, 201302:22 PM GMT
Swiss balloon crash kills 1, injures 4
The basket of a hot air balloon which crashed in the Swiss town of Montbovon is seen on the ground, on August 6, 2013.
The basket of a hot air balloon which crashed in the Swiss town of Montbovon is seen on the ground, on August 6, 2013.
Tue Aug 6, 2013 2:21PM
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A hot air balloon carrying an American family has crashed in the tourist canton of Fribourg in Switzerland, killing the patriarch and leaving several others injured.


The incident took place at around 8:35 am local time on Tuesday near the western Swiss town of Montbovon, when the balloon fell 50 meters (165 feet) after crashing into an electric power line while trying to land.

According to media reports, the crash killed the 55-year-old father and seriously injured his wife, two daughters and the pilot.

The injured were transferred by helicopter to a local hospital where they were admitted with life-threatening injuries.

The family had gone on a two-hour tourist journey from the town of Chateau-d'Oex in the Vaud region when the accident occurred.

Authorities have failed to explain the cause of the incident but opened an investigation.

The Tuesday crash was the latest in a series of recent transportation accidents in Switzerland.

On July 30, two trains collided head-on near a station in western Switzerland, leaving one of the drivers dead.

In January, 30 people were injured in an incident where two passenger trains collided at a train station in northern Switzerland.

A bus accident in the southern Swiss town of Sierra claimed the lives of 28 people, 22 of whom were children, in March 2012.

GMA/PR
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