Istanbul: At least two persons were killed while three sustained injuries when their hot air balloon crashed in high winds in the tourist magnet of Cappadocia in Turkey.
The balloon, which took off from a monastery near the town of Avanos, was carrying 28 tourists and two crew members when the incident occurred.
Hot air balloon trips are a key attraction in Cappadocia, which is famous for its ancient troglodyte villages and “fairy chimneys”, fashioned out of the rock by millennia of erosion.
Three Brazilian tourists died and 22 other people were injured when two hot air balloons collided in 2013.
Earlier, in 2017, a Danish tourist died when a balloon crash-landed in high winds.