Monday, January 16, 2017

6 tourists, pilot injured in UAE hot air balloon crash

Six foreign tourists and the pilot of a hot air balloon were injured on Monday when the balloon crashed unexpectedly in the United Arab Emirates, police said.

The crash took place in a desert area near the city of al-Madam in Sharjah emirate, Colonel Ahmed bin Darwish of the emirate’s police force said.

Several of the tourists were hospitalised while the pilot, who had suffered more serious injuries, was evacuated by air for urgent treatment, he added.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Bin Darwish said the tourists were of Asian and European nationalities, without specifying further.