ISTANBUL: A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others injured when the hot-air balloon they were traveling in crashed in the popular Turkish resort of Cappadocia today, news channels said.
Chinese and Malaysian nationals were on board when a sudden gust of wind caused the balloon to fall heavily to earth as it was trying to land, CNN Turkâ€™s website reported.
Cappadocia, in central Turkey, is famous for its geological features called fairy chimneys, and balloon rides are a popular way to see the cone-like formations.
However, fatal accidents occur occasionally. In May 2013, local media reported that three Brazilians died when two balloons collided, and a British tourist was reported to have died in a crash in 2009.--REUTERS