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Balloon crash in Turkey by Spursfan on 29 May 2009 9:07pm
This is horrendous.

We want to visit Cappadocia again (3rd or 4th time) in October or early next year and had been talking about going for one of these balloon flights over the fairy chimneys (as done by a certain Michael Palin). I had just about persuaded myself that it would be ok to go up in one (I hate heights, love flying).

I bought the husband a balloon flight for his 50th birthday but I didn't go with him.

I think it might now be off the agenda!

My sympathy is with all involved.

Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by ev on 29 May 2009 11:01pm
"Mr Ulusoy said up to 45 hot-air balloons took hundreds of tourists on flights in the region every day and it was the first time there had been a crash in the 20 years they had been running."

That's pretty bad luck..

I was keen to go ballooning in Cappadocia while we were there, but didn't get the chance.. would've been cool though..
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by Spursfan on 30 May 2009 8:29am
If you are a bit 'iffy' about going up in one (as I am) it sure puts you off!

As a matter of fact only the day before I had asked the husband if he had felt as if he was going to put his foot through the base of the basket! He laughed and asked if I felt as if I could put my foot through the floor of a plane which I thought was just 'plain' silly. A plane isn't made out of wicker!! But he had reassured me that it was extremely solid. Now this!

But anyway, that's the problem by the look of it - there are getting to be TOO MANY balloons.

Last time we went to Cappadocia (about 18 years ago) they didn't do ballooning.
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by ev on 30 May 2009 9:48am
Yeah I agree it sounds like there are now too many.. in many places as soon as something becomes a tourist attraction, it sometimes really goes overboard as people try to cash in..
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by kazzzz on 30 May 2009 1:45pm
Ray wanted to buy me a balloon flight for my bday last year. I told him I wanted a treadmill instead:) Thwy do a lot of balloon flights around this way, if you go out most mornings at about 7 they're overhead. You couldn't pay me to go in one!
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by Spursfan on 30 May 2009 8:05pm
Same around here, Kazzzz - on summer evenings you can spot several going over and once one landed in the field next door. We got chatting to the recovery crew (or whatever they call themselves!!).

Looks idyllic but I am worried that I would want to come down as soon as I went up!!! And I wouldn't be able to!

Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by mrsthing on 31 May 2009 3:22am
It's terribly sad, but after a free-fall of 660 feet, only one person died? That's amazing! So sorry for him and his family, though.
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by Spursfan on 31 May 2009 11:53am
It doesn't say what happened to the others (including the pilot). I imagine that they are in hospital.

Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by mrsthing on 1 June 2009 10:42pm
It said a number of them were injured, but didn't give specifics about the severity. I wish them all a speedy and uneventful recovery.
Re: Balloon crash in Turkey by deniz on 2 June 2009 1:52pm
accidents may happen.nowhere is safe.even your home.you can slit and fell at the bath.or you can take a plane from brazil to france.
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