Tuesday 27 September 2016

French daredevil is killed after falling 100ft from hot air balloon

David Kearns

Published 08/01/2016 | 13:57

Tancrede Melet (32) was killed after he was lifted into the air while trying to keep the balloon on the ground Credit: The Flying Frenchies
Tancrede Melet (32) was killed after he was lifted into the air while trying to keep the balloon on the ground Credit: The Flying Frenchies

A French daredevil has died after falling some 100 feet from a hot air balloon after he was lifted into the air while trying to keep it grounded.

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Tancrede Melet (32) was killed instantly when he struck the ground after he fell while “dangling at arm’s length” from the basket of the balloon, his colleagues said.   

The father-of-one was lifted from the ground by a rope he was using to keep the balloon from flying away.

It is understood that he was due to take part in an artistic project, believed to be tightrope walking between hot air balloons, before his death.

His colleagues, the daredevil troupe ‘The Flying Frenchies’, were also lifted into the air but managed to free themselves.

The incident happened in Diois, an area in the mountainous south eastern region of France.

Mr Melet was a well known base-jumper, wing-suit flyer, and slack-line walker.

One of the Flying Frenchies' YouTube videos features him catapulting off a cliff "Angry Birds-style," before releasing his parachute.

The video received more than 1 million views.

On their Facebook page, a spokesman for the team said: “Tancrede Melet, a surprising lover of life, surprised us by leaving us too soon.

“He leaves behind wonderful memories, a taste of freedom and a head full of dreams.”

Another member posted: “Such a talented and visionary bird is a rare breed.

“Don’t be too quick to judge; he was twice as careful since becoming a father.

“He didn’t fall while attempting a complicated stunt - the clown slipped on a banana skin, one of those devious things you can't see coming, clipping the wings of our most brilliant bird

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"Tanc, we won't forget you - you showed us how to make our dreams come true.”

According to his profile on the Flying Frenchies website, Mr Melet resigned from his engineering job to follow his “quest of freedom” four years ago.

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