A French tourist was killed and at least 7 other people were wounded in an hot air balloon accident in Cappadocia of central Turkey early Sunday. According to the initial information, the balloon hit electric a high-voltage wires due to strong winds during descending. The injured were brought to the local hospitals.
There were no life-threatening injuries. Turkey's Ministry of Transport said the balloon was carrying 20 passengers, including six foreigners. Hot air balloon tours were suspended Wednesday due to bad weather but resumed Saturday with the permission of civil aviation authorities. The Cappadocia region is a popular tourist destination, visited by around 2.5 million local and foreign tourists every year. Balloon flights over the volcanic rock-formations with spectacular mountain views and over historical sites are a special attraction but several recent accidents occurred. Last month, 49 people were injured as their balloons made emergency landings after getting into difficulty while battling strong winds. Cautious hot air balloons pilots only fly when the weather is close to ideal, when skies are clear and wind conditions are normal. An investigation in the Cappadocia case has been launched.