Man dies after falling from hot air balloon in Melbourne

  • 18/03/2024

A man has died after falling from a hot air balloon into a residential street in Melbourne.

Emergency services were called to Albert Street in Preston where the man's body was found about 7:30am (local time) on Monday.

Police said the death was not suspicious.

A report will be made for the coroner.

According to media reports, counselling was being offered to the other passengers who landed safely at Yarra Bend Park - over seven kilometres away.

The National Commercial Hot-Air Ballooning Industry and the Australian Ballooning Federation expressed condolences for the man's family and friends.

"Hot air balloon baskets are designed with safety in mind, specifically to prevent passengers from falling out accidentally or from any accidental exit," a statement said.

"Passengers and the pilot are understandably traumatised by this tragedy and the operator is arranging psychological support and counselling for all affected."

The incident is also being investigated by WorkSafe Victoria, the Air Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.