- West Country (E)
Inexperience and flying at such high altitude were combining factors in the deaths of two Bristol men who died when their hot air balloon crashed in Somerset, according to the coroner at the inquest into their deaths.
Delivering a narrative verdict, Maria Voisin, at Flax Bourton Coroners Court, said Lee Pibworth and Allan Burnett were inexperienced with some of the equipment they were using and this played a part in the crash that led to their deaths in January last year.
A coroner says the death of two men killed in a hot air ballooning accident was likely to have been caused by a lack of experience.
An inquest is being held into the deaths of two men from Bristol who were killed when their hot air balloon crashed in Somerset last year.