Three-quar­ter-tonne kite plunges into crowd in Ja­pan, hurt­ing four

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

A gi­ant kite weigh­ing three-quar­ters of a tonne crashed into a crowd of spec­ta­tors in Ja­pan at the week­end, an of­fi­cial said Mon­day, hurt­ing four peo­ple, in­clud­ing an el­derly man.

The bamboo-framed kite mea­sur­ing 13 me­ters (43 feet) by 12 me­ters and weigh­ing 700 kilo­grams (1,540 pounds) was be­ing flown by a big group of peo­ple at a park in Hi­gash­iomi, cen­tral Ja­pan, for the an­nual “Big Kite” fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

It was at a height of around 200 me­ters when it sud­denly plunged from the sky into the crowd, the of­fi­cial from Hi­gash­iomi city said.

The huge kite hit and se­ri­ously in­jured a 73-year-old man, who re­mained un­con­scious in hos­pi­tal on Mon­day, the of­fi­cial said. Three other peo­ple, in­clud­ing a seven-year-old boy suf­fered in­juries.

Po­lice have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case on sus­pi­cion of pro­fes­sional neg­li­gence, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

Gi­ant kite fes­ti­vals are not un­com­mon in Ja­pan, and there have been pre­vi­ous cases of spec­ta­tors be­ing in­jured.

In 2004, eight peo­ple were hurt when a one-tonne kite smashed into a crowd in Kana­gawa, near Tokyo.

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