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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Balloon Pilot Dies

MOSCOW -- The pilot of a hot-air balloon died when the craft came crashing down, and one of the parachutists who jumped before the accident was missing, news reports said Thursday.

The ill-fated balloon lifted off Wednesday from St. Petersburg with the pilot and four parachutists on board, Russian news agencies reported.

The parachutists jumped as planned, and three landed safely on the edge of a forest. The fourth was missing, and a search for him was under way.

Shortly after the jump, the balloon began falling rapidly and slammed into the ground, killing its pilot.