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Death toll in Turkish balloon crash reaches 3

This image from video provided by E. Wayne Ross shows an Anatolian Balloons Company hot air balloon crashing near Gِreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia in central Turkey, Monday May 20 2013. (AP Photo/E. Wayne Ross)

ANKARA: Officials say another Brazilian tourist has died of wounds sustained after a hot air balloon crashed to the ground, raising the number of tourists killed to 3.

The balloon collided with another balloon mid-air and crashed during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey's Cappadocia region on Monday.

The governor's office for Nevsehir province said Tuesday that a third tourist from Brazil died in hospital on Monday.

Twenty-one other tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Spain and their Portuguese pilot were injured in the crash.

The accident was the second fatal one in Cappadocia since balloon tours began more than a decade ago. Turkey civil aviation agency has launched an inquiry into the accident.

 

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