An American family vacationing in Switzerland crashed into electrical lines while riding in a hot air balloon.
The 55-year-old father died at the scene. His 55-year-old wife and their two daughters, ages 20 and 24, were air-lifted to a hospital with life threatening injuries. The pilot was also seriously injured.
The family had been on a two hour balloon ride from the town of Chateau-d’Oex when they were attempting to land. The balloon struck electrical lines and fell 165 feet to the ground near the western Swiss town of Montbovon.
Local authorities have launched an investigation into the crash.
Written by Kevin Reid