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Tragic Incident: Man Dies As Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire And Falls

Tragic Incident: Man Dies As Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire And Falls

According to the police, a man has tragically lost his life when a hot air balloon "fell to the ground."

On Sunday (June 25), West Mercia Police received a call reporting that a hot air balloon had deflated and descended onto a field near Holt Fleet Road in Ombersley, Worcestershire at 06:23 BST.

During the incident, a hot air balloon festival was taking place about seven miles away from the scene in Worcester, on both Friday and Saturday.

Emergency services promptly arrived at the location and paramedics declared a man in his 20s deceased.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), responsible for investigating civil aircraft accidents, has confirmed its involvement in the investigation.

An AAIB spokesperson stated: "We have a team on site and are beginning our investigation."

West Mercia Police provided the following statement: "At 6.20am this morning (June 25) police received a call a hot air balloon had deflated and fallen to the ground near the A449 at Ombersley."

"The balloon fell to the ground in a field off Holt Fleet Road, near Ombersley Court."

"Emergency services attended and unfortunately a man was pronounced dead by paramedics."

"The Air Accident Investigation Branch will now carry out an investigation."

A representative from the Hereford and Worcester Fire Service also commented: "We went out to an incident involving a hot air balloon in Ombersley on the Holt Fleet Road.

"We had a call at 6.23am, crews from Worcester, Droitwich, Wyre Forest, Evesham and Bromsgrove.

"We have left the scene now, but we have left it to the police."

The UK Civil Aviation Authority reported that there were a total of 10 hot air balloon accidents in the UK between 2014 and 2018.

Tragically, in 2021, a hot air balloon crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico resulted in the loss of five lives.

According to the police, on June 6, 2021, the basket detached from the balloon and crashed. This incident caused a power outage affecting over 13,000 people in the vicinity.

The crash claimed the lives of two men, including the pilot, as well as two women. Another individual who was initially in critical condition was transported to the hospital but unfortunately did not survive.

Eyewitnesses shared their accounts on social media, describing the sight of the powerless hot air balloon descending from the sky without its basket. One person even posted a video capturing the scene from their window.

"Power went out first," they shared.

"Looked out my window saw it falling with no basket. Horrible."