Belgian killed in Kenyan ballooning accident
10 February 2006, BRUSSELS — A Belgian man was killed and a second was severely hurt when their hot air balloon plunged to the ground in Kenya on Friday.
10 February 2006
BRUSSELS — A Belgian man was killed and a second was severely hurt when their hot air balloon plunged to the ground in Kenya on Friday.
The British pilot of the balloon was also killed in the accident, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported.
The hot air balloon was making a flight above the well-known Masaï Mara National Reserve when the accident occurred.
There were 13 people in the balloon at the time of the crash, several of whom were injured.
Kenyan police said the injured victims were taken by plane to various hospitals in the capital Nairobi.
The cause of the crash has not yet been confirmed, but witnesses said the balloon's burner cut out after it had lifted off into the air.
The balloon plunged back to the ground shortly after.
A spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry said three Belgian nationals were on board the hot air balloon. All of them came from Brussels.
The third Belgian, a woman, was not injured.
The identities of the victims have not been released, but their families have been informed.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news