Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Turkey: Update--Third Tourist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Hot-Air Balloon Collision, Crash

According to The Associated Press, Turkish officials report that another Brazilian tourist has died of injuries sustained after two hot-air balloons collided in mid air, with one crashing to the ground. This brings the fatalities to three, in addition to 21 injured.

One balloon collided with another in mid-air and crashed during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey's Cappadocia region on Monday (May 20).

COMMENT: Twenty-one other tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Spain and their Portuguese pilot were injured in the crash.

The accident was the second fatal one in Cappadocia since balloon tours began more than a decade ago. Turkey civil aviation agency has launched an inquiry into the accident.

I will reemphasize that foreign tourists should be exceptionally cautious in participating in air-borne adventure tourism in developing countries, as they may not have the same safety protocols normally found in developed nations.