Eighteen tourists were wounded in Turkey’s Cappadocia region, after a hot air balloon crashed into an electricity wire and its engine burst into flames. District medical director Dr. Rahim Unlubay says that none of the tourists is in a critical situation. Nine have already been released from the hospital and he expects the rest to be released soon.
The accident occurred in the Üzengi Valley in Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey famous for its distinctive cone shaped rock formations, where the balloon crashed into an electricity wire and had to make an emergency landing.
14 of the tourists were Chinese, two were American, one was Brazilian, two were Greeks and one was Turkish.
During the hard landing compressed gas leaked from the balloon’s cylinders, causing its engine to burst into flames.
Source: AP, DHA