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Man working in hot air balloon falls to his death after wind blew him up in the air while passengers got out

By Mason White 11:41 AM June 14, 2016
Ryan Almeter with his family 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A family is devastated over the loss of a hardworking father.

The married father of three children of New York, died in a freak accident during work.

34-year-old Ryan Almeter fell to his death while working in a hot air balloon at the Letchworth balloon festival in Livingston County.

Police said that Almeter, was holding onto the basket while his passengers got off. The wind suddenly caused the balloon to take off with Almeter hanging on.

The incident occurred on Friday night. Police said that the balloon traveled about 100 feet in the air. When Almeter was unable to hold on to the basket, he fell to his death.

He was pronounced dead the scene.