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HOT-AIR BALLOONIST FALLS TO HIS DEATH

A man who attempted to tie down a hot-air balloon as it came down in a pasture was carried about 100 feet into the air and fell to his death, police said.

Michael McGrath, 39, and another passenger in the gondola jumped out to tie the craft down but the balloon began to soar upward, said a spokesman for the Jackson County sheriff's office.McGrath held onto the rope and eventually lost his grip, the spokesman said. The accident occurred Saturday evening.