World Bulletin/News Desk
A hot air balloon crashed early Monday morning after colliding in mid-air with another balloon in Turkey's popular tourist destination of Cappadocia, killing two Brazilian nationals and injuring 23, authorities said.
Abdurrahman Savas, governor of the central province of Nevsehir, said the death toll rose to two after the accident which occurred at about 6.00 a.m. (Turkish local time) when the balloon's envelope ripped open after colliding with the basket of another balloon in mid-air.
The governor visited the wounded tourists at the private Cappadocia Hospital.
Replying the questions at the end of his visit, Savas said, Brazilian nationals Maria Luiza Gomes (71) and Mariua Rosas (65) lost their lives.
He added, among 23 injured people, 19 of them were taken to hospitals in Nevsehir and four others were taken to university hospital in neighboring province of Kayseri.
He noted, injured tourists were from Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
The region is famous for its chimney rocks, cave houses, underground cities and balloon trips.
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