A man in his late 20s fell from a hot air balloon during the Israel Cup championships in central Israel on Wednesday and hit a fence post, according to police. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The incident occurred during the finals at a football stadium in the Tel-Aviv region.
One man on the balloon called paramedics after the man fell out of the basket, and paramedics and rescue personnel arrived on the scene quickly. The balloon’s pilot remained on the ground. The British-based company, Good Smile Charters, operates aerial marketing campaigns in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. They have not yet commented on the incident.
The cause of the accident has not yet been established, and the man’s identity is not yet public.
Last month, another hot air balloon accident occurred in Italy, when a balloon carrying 70 people plunged to the ground. It was eventually discovered that a stuck balloon wheel acted as a firebreak between the basket and the balloon’s seat, opening and closing in mid-air, which caused the crash.
The country’s Civil Aviation Authority suspended the flights of the company involved, in order to review the circumstances.
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