Man falls to death from plunging balloon in Gunma


A man was killed Sunday after he fell out of a hot air balloon before it crashed into a lake in Gunma Prefecture, police said.

Takuo Hayasaka, 70, was thrown out as the balloon fell into Lake Yanaka at around 7:10 a.m., the police said. The balloon took off again and landed in a field nearby.

Two other people aboard, Kanako Fukuoka, 46, and Hiroyuki Takamoto, 86, were uninjured. All three belonged to a ballooning club.

The police are investigating.

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