Lonely Planet Writer

Freak accident mars European Balloon Festival

A hot-air balloon pilot has died trying to save his passengers after a freak accident caused the balloon to fail during the European Balloon Festival in Spain over the weekend.

European Balloon Festival .
European Balloon Festival . Image by Laureà / CC BY 2.0

Six passengers were injured after falling out of the balloon basket as it bumped into an embankment as the pilot tried to land, according to local reports. The festival took place at Igualada, near Barcelona. Read more: thelocal.es