A tourist balloon with seven people
on board developed a leak and caught while landing in the town of
Yangshuo, a popular Chinese tourist spot Wednesday, resulting in
the deaths of four Dutch tourists.
The two pilots on board jumped from the balloon as it went down,
which Chinese authorities said reduced their injuries. Two men and
two women died in the accident, and a fifth tourist on board was
According to The Times of London online, the balloon developed
problems about 450 feet above the ground. It had been in flight for
about an hour when the accident occurred.
Hot air balloons have been operating for about 6 years near
Yangshuo. The Times reports that three companies are officially
licensed to fly tourists, but unlicensed operators may have also
been working in the region.