Man in his 20s killed after hot air balloon catches fire and falls to the ground

25 June 2023, 15:22 | Updated: 25 June 2023, 16:52

A hot air balloon is pictured over Shropshire last summer
A hot air balloon is pictured over Shropshire last summer. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

A man has been killed after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed into the ground.

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West Mercia Police said it was told at 6.20am that the craft came down near Ombersley in Worcestershire.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead by paramedics and his family is being supported by specialist officers.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

An eyewitness told Sky News: "There was a flash and what looked like a fireball coming from a blue balloon and it just dropped like a stone.

"My wife heard terrible screaming and then silence."

A hot air balloon festival was held on Friday and Saturday in Worcester, some seven miles away, but organisers said they could not comment at the time.

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The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has opened an investigation.

A spokesperson said: "We have a team on site and are beginning our investigation."

The British Balloon and Airship Club said it is supporting the AAIB investigation and sent its condolences.

A spokesperson said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved at this time."

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