Four die in helicopter crash but group in hot air balloon unhurt

Four men died on Sunday when the helicopter they were flying in suddenly lost altitude and crashed near a motorway.

Four die in helicopter crash but group in hot air balloon unhurt
The collapsed hot air balloon. Photo: DPA

The 49-year-old pilot and his three passengers, two men aged 50 and one man aged 22, were all found dead at the scene near Mönchgrün near the A9 in Thuringia.

“The helicopter is completely destroyed and lying at the edge of a field near a woodland,” a spokeswoman for the Saalfeld police.

The four bodies were recovered from the crash site on Sunday evening and will be examined. An investigation will be conducted into the crash to try to determine why the Fairchild-Hiller FH 1100 helicopter crashed.

A second holiday weekend air accident ended more happily when a hot air balloon carrying 16 people crash-landed in a garden near Bonn on Saturday evening.

The balloon’s pilot had been trying to land in a field, but was caught in the wind and crashed into the front garden of a house in Hennef.

All those in the balloon, as well as the house owner, were shocked, but no-one was injured, although some damage was done to the roof of the house upon which the balloon was caught.

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