A 70-year-old man died after a hot air balloon in which and he two companions were riding crashed in Gunma Prefecture on Sunday morning.
According to TBS, the dead man, identified as Takuo Hayasaka, and two companions-a 46-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man-were members of a local hot air balloon club. Hayasaka was a certified balloon pilot, police said.
The trio departed in the balloon from Tochigi City just after 6 a.m. At about 7:10 a.m., the balloon descended quickly and hit Lake Yanaka, which straddles Gunma, Tochigi and Saitama Prefectures. The impact threw Hayasaka into the lake, TBS reported.
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