Two Spanish tourists killed in hot air balloon landing in Turkey
July 14, 2013
Two men died in a Turkish hot air balloon over the Aegean Sea, the second time in as many years that a hot air balloon has landed in the country.
The two men, aged 59 and 45, died as a result of the crash on July 13 in the eastern coastal province of Karaman. The accident occurred on the island of Rhodes, off the Turkish coast.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of the two Spaniards. The Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid said it was in contact with the families of the victims.
The ministry said it was not able to “with certainty identify the cause of the accident” during a press briefing on July 13.
According to the ministry, “there were a total of 17 people aboard the tourist balloon.” The ministry added that seven of them were Spaniards, but it did not specify which country. It was not possible to comment on the other 10 people.
The Ministry of Tourism in Spain said in a statement that it was saddened by the loss of life due to the crash.
“The ministry received information about the accident at about 7:30 pm (local time). The ministry and relevant authorities have been in contact with relatives of those who died,” the statement read.
It said that the country was closely following the events and sending its condolences to the families.
“The ministry has set up a dedicated unit to coordinate and cooperate closely with the international airport authority of Rhodes and the Turkish aviation and security authorities in the investigation of the accident,” the statement said.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that people who died in the accident would have been on the trip to the island of Rhodes “to enjoy the tourism and beautiful nature.”
“We hope there will be no tragedy in this region and that there will be no victims,” Erdogan added