Reports: American killed, wife and daughters hurt in Swiss hot air balloon crash

Swiss police officers inspect the gondola of hot air ballon after it crashed in Montbovon near Chateaux d'Oex, Switzerland, Tuesday. Salvatore Di Nolfi / EPA

An American tourist was killed and three other members of his family injured Tuesday when a hot air balloon hit a power line and crashed in Switzerland, local media reported.

The accident happened at 8.30 a.m. local time (2.30 a.m. ET) in Montbovon in the canton of Fribourg, near Lake Geneva, regional police force spokesman Pierre-André Waeber told Swiss broadcaster, SRF.

The victim was a 55-year-old man from California, and the injured were his wife and two daughters, according to SRF and local newspaper, La Liberte.

The pilot was also reportedly injured.

NBC News could not immediately confirm the reports.

SRF and La Liberte said that the balloon fell 165 feet after striking the power line as it tried to land.

It had taken off from Château d'Oex, a short distance away.

The father died at the scene, according to La Liberte, which said his wife, also 55, and two daughters aged 20 and 24, were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Bern and Lausanne.

The area, near the Swiss Alps, is known for its upscale hotels.