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A hot air balloon ride went horribly wrong in China, taking the life of a mother and daughter.
The balloon, which has been described in reports as a makeshift structure made of just poles and rope, exploded while soaring 10,000 feet in the air.
The incident happened on Tuesday in Shandong, China, and was captured on video which quickly spread on Chinese social media.
In the viral clip shared on Weibo, a woman and her primary school daughter are seen sitting on two separate seats attached to the balloon which doesn’t even have a basket to hold its passengers.
While an average passenger balloon usually flies at a height between 1,000 and 3,000 feet, the balloon reportedly reached as high as 10,000 feet.
As the balloon reached an unusually high altitude, it became barely visible and is believed to have eventually burst.
Shortly after witnesses saw the mother and daughter falling to their deaths. The victims’ body parts were later found scattered on the ground where they fell.
According to the local authorities, the balloon ride operation is illegal as it had not been registered. The operators behind it have since been suspended and are now facing criminal cases.
Featured image via Weibo/尘年旧事