Moment crewman hangs from hot air balloon before plunging to his death

Moment crewman hangs from hot air balloon before plunging to his death

October 19, 2021

Horrifying moment crewman dangles from a packed hot air balloon mid-flight before plunging 300ft to his death after it took off with him attached to the basket in Israel

  • A man in his 20s fell 300ft from a hot air balloon to his death in northern Israel
  • It is not yet clear how the man came to be dangling from the balloon’s basket
  • The balloon was landed and  14 passengers disembarked after the incident

A hot air balloon crewman fell 300ft to his death in Israel after he was left clinging to the side of the basket when it took off.

Police said that the man, in his 20s, died after falling onto a road in the north of the country this morning. 

It is not yet clear why the man – who local media reports was part of the balloon’s ground team – was left dangling from the basket after it took off. 

Local police official Slava Bonchuk told Israeli Army Radio that an initial investigation revealed that the hot air balloon appears to have taken off with the man attached to the basket.

He said passers-by on the ground alerted police to the hanging crewman, who then informed the pilot. 

However, the pilot was only able to safely land the balloon after the man had fallen to his death. 

Israeli media reported the man fell onto a passing car on a highway below and police have sealed off the area while they investigate the incident.

Media reports said the balloon and its 14 passengers onboard landed safely after the incident.


A hot air balloon crewman fell 300ft to his death in Israel after he was left clinging to the side of the basket when it took off

It is not yet clear why the man – who local media reports was part of the balloon’s ground team – was left dangling from the basket after it took off

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