Man dies after falling out of hot air balloon

Man Fatally Injured in Fall from Hot Air Balloon

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A tragic incident occurred in Australia on Monday when a man lost his life after falling from a hot air balloon over Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city.

The identity of the man has not been disclosed. He fell to the ground about 30 minutes after the hot air balloon took off from the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

A local resident described hearing a loud noise, similar to a large object falling inside a house. It was only after hearing sirens that they realized something had happened.

The circumstances leading to the man’s fall are currently unclear, and the police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Authorities have launched an investigation, interviewing the balloon’s pilot, its occupants, and witnesses to understand what happened.

The man’s body was discovered in a residential area, prompting Victoria state police to restrict access to the site.

Following the incident, the balloon managed to land safely in Yarra Bend Park. Other hot air balloons in the vicinity also made precautionary landings in nearby parks.

The National Commercial Hot-Air Ballooning Industry and the Australian Ballooning Federation have extended their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.

They emphasized that hot-air balloon baskets are designed with safety as a priority, aiming to prevent accidental falls. The passengers and pilot involved in this tragic event are receiving psychological support and counseling.

This report includes contributions from The Associated Press.

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