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Saturday 19 April 2014

Man dies in hot air balloon plunge

Swiss police inspect the gondola of a hot air ballon after it crashed in Montbovon, killing an American father (AP)

A hot air balloon has crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon, killing a holidaying father and seriously injuring his wife, two daughters and the pilot.

Police in the Fribourg region said a 55-year-old American man died at the scene when the balloon fell 165ft after it crashed into an electric power line while trying to land after a two-hour flight from the town of Chateau-d'Oex.

His wife, also 55, and their two daughters, aged 20 and 24, have life-threatening injuries and were taken by helicopter to hospital.

The 65-year-old pilot also was seriously injured and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Authorities have opened an investigation.

Press Association

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