Balloon accidents in Turkey injure 49 mostly foreign tourists

2017-03-14 12:05

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Ankara - Turkey's state-run news agency says 49 people, mostly foreign tourists, were hurt when three hot air balloons made hard landings in strong winds in the central part of the country. 

The Dogan news agency says the balloons were carrying mostly European and Chinese tourists for rides over Turkey's Cappadocia region on Tuesday when the winds suddenly picked up and forced some of the balloons to make emergency landings.

Nine of those hurt were being treated for fractured bones while the rest had minor injuries and were quickly released from hospitals, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Cappadocia is known for its volcanic rock-formations, underground cities and churches carved into mountainsides.

Last month, a Danish tourist was killed in Cappadocia when a hot air balloon made a similar hard landing.

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