Hot Air Balloon Accident Kills Canadian Pilot

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A 26-year-old hot air balloon pilot died in an accident at an international balloon festival south of Montreal, Canada, on Sunday morning reports national broadcaster CBC and the Canadian Press. No passengers were aboard. The festival was taking place in  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in the province of Quebec. 

The pilot, Maxime Trépanier, was rushed to hospital, and later died, reports CBC.

“It’s a tragic day,” a spokesperson for the festival told CBC. A festival spokesperson told the Canadian Press the accident happened after the balloon landed and Quebec provincial police Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said investigators are trying to determine the cause.

In 2007, a hot air balloon accident in Surrey, in the province of British Columbia, shocked Canadians. When the balloon caught fire, two died and 11 were injured; the balloon then crashed into a trailer park.

Video of the 2007 Hot Air Balloon Crash in Surrey, Canada

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.