West Mercia Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are appealing for information following the tragic death of a 25-year-old man in a hot air balloon incident in Worcestershire on Sunday.

A statement, released by West Mercia Police on Wednesday said:

In partnership with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), we are appealing for video footage following an incident where a hot air balloon deflated and fell to the ground in Ombersley, Worcestershire  on Sunday 25 June.

At around 6.20am the balloon fell to the ground in a field off Holt Fleet Road, near Ombersley Court.  Sadly the pilot, 25-year-old Peter Gregory, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Officers and the AAIB are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have dash-cam or mobile phone footage of the incident to get in touch.

Anyone with footage is asked to send it to DC Tracy Ruff at tracy.ruff@westmercia.police.uk, quoting incident number 117i of 25 June 2023.

We would ask that the privacy of Peter’s family is respected at this difficult time, and that all footage is sent directly to us and not posted on social media.

Family Tribute to Peter:

A 25-year-old man who died in a hot air balloon accident has been named as Peter Gregory, from the Cotswolds.

Today, his family have paid tribute to a loved one whose passion for flying was something others could only admire.

In a tribute they said:

“Peter Gregory,

25 years of living life to the full. 

On the morning of Sunday 25th June, our Pilot Pete took one last flight, doing what he loved.

Be it in a hot air balloon or as an Airline Pilot, Peter’s passion for flying was something his family and friends could only admire and support him towards.

When he set his heart to something, he’d never give up, he was driven and determined, and one could only watch on in awe.

We will fly together again soon Pete

We love you 

Dan, Mummy, Daddy & Emma

During this difficult time, please respect the privacy of friends and family.”