70-year-old man dies after hot air balloon crashes
Japan Today -- Jun 23
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.

群馬県と栃木県の県境にある湖で、3人乗りの気球が着陸に失敗し、1人が湖に投げ出さ­れ死亡した。気球に同乗していた男性が、当時の状況を語った。

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