Two killed in balloon crash

A hot air balloon flight ended in tragedy in Britain today when two men plunged to their deaths while attempting to climb to high altitude.

A hot air balloon flight ended in tragedy in Britain today when two men plunged to their deaths while attempting to climb to high altitude.

It is thought the pair were trying to ascend to 20,000ft (6,096m) when something went wrong, resulting in the craft plummeting to the ground in Midsomer Norton, near Bath, Somerset.

The balloon crashed into the grounds of a bowls club, narrowly missing a nearby row of terraced houses and a school.

A ground crew tracking the balloon – including relatives of the victims – lost sight of it at around 9.30am, shortly before it rapidly fell from the sky, according to Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

An investigation has been launched by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and a team of experts made their way to the crash site today. But it is not thought that any other aircraft was involved in the incident.

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