A man who fell to his death from a hot air balloon has been identified by the Israel Police as United States national Alexander Volosovski.
Vorosovski, 40, was on vacation with friends and relatives in the Eilat region when the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon. He was flying in the open basket, not wearing a safety harness. In doing so, he lost his balance.
“He fell to his death after his basket flew up and his fall caused his body to hit the ground,” said the police in a statement.
Police estimate he fell from 25 meters (82 feet). He was traveling with a group of seven men and women from the Bronx, New York, and their friends. They had booked the trip with the Northern Border Coaches.
The balloon was completely covered with balloons on the ground. It soared to nearly 50 kilometers in altitude before crashing to the ground. The balloon was more than 20 meters high at its height.
The balloon landed next to a factory, and, according to police, the pilot immediately informed the authorities. He was lightly injured.
The passenger was one of the last two people to climb on board. A partial parachute was later found inside the basket.
The balloon landed in a field near the village of Cherkas Galim. Police arrived on the scene and took photos of the site.