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KUALA LUMPUR: All five Malaysians who were injured after two hot air balloons made heavy landings in Cappadocia, Turkey, are doing well and should be discharged soon.

“All of them are fully aware of what happened and could relate the incident to me when I visited them at the hospital on Wednesday,” an official from the Malaysian embassy in Ankara said when contacted.

The official said the five told him that the accident occurred just as they were about to end their hot air balloon experience at the Unesco World Heritage Site in the Central Anatolia region.

“They told me that the balloons were not far from the ground when a sudden strong gust of wind blew the two baskets containing about 15 to 20 people and tipped them over,” said the official.

Tang Yi, a 23-year-old woman from China who was in the same basket as the Malaysians, died following the incident.

“There was no collision as reported by some in the media,” the official said yesterday.

“I believe that all of the Malaysians should be discharged soon.”

It is learnt that the injured Malaysians were Susheela Devi Raja, Thuraippah Varatharajan, Thavil Selvi Thamotharan, Datuk Juniwati Ahmad and her 15-year-old daughter Nursyarah.

Juniwati has since been discharged while the rest are still being held for observation at the Versa Hospital in Nevsehir.

Susheela experienced breathing difficulties as she had landed on her ribs during the fall, but is doing well now, a source said.

According to Turkish news agency Cihan, at least 200 balloons belonging to 21 companies took off in the area every morning, giving tourists a view of Cappadocia which is famed for its unique geological features called fairy chimneys.-The Star

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