Death toll in Turkish balloon crash reaches 3

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 4:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 4:33 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say another Brazilian tourist has died of injuries sustained after a hot air balloon crashed to the ground, raising the number of tourists killed to 3.

The balloon collided with another balloon mid-air and crashed during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey's Cappadocia region on Monday.

The governor's office for Nevsehir province said Tuesday that a third tourist from Brazil died in hospital on Monday.

Twenty-one other tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Spain and their Portuguese pilot were injured in the crash.

The accident was the second fatal one in Cappadocia since balloon tours began more than a decade ago. Turkey civil aviation agency has launched an inquiry into the accident.

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