Funeral held for balloonist killed in Somerset crash

Allan Burnett
Image caption Allan Burnett was killed in the balloon crash on New Year's Day

A funeral has been held in Bristol for a man who died when his hot air balloon crashed in Somerset.

Allan Burnett, 55, was killed, along with pilot Lee Pibworth, 42, when the craft plunged to the ground in Midsomer Norton on New Year's Day.

It is thought the men were attempting a high altitude flight of 20,000ft (6,096m), which was being monitored by Bristol Air Traffic Control.

Mr Burnett's funeral took place at St Oswald's church in Bedminster Down.

Allan Burnett was a governor at Cheddar Grove School, which closed for the day of the funeral as a mark of respect.

A spokesman for the school said: "Allan Burnett was a member of the school community for more than 20 years as a parent, governor, scout leader and friend to many.

"He lived a life full of adventure and dreams that touched the lives of many children and young adults.

Image caption The funeral was held at St Oswald's church in Bedminster Down, Bristol

"His energy, kindness and generosity to the community knew no ends and nothing was ever a problem.

"Those privileged to experience his enthusiasm for life will have many amazing stories and memories to tell."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is continuing to look into what may have caused the crash.

Witnesses said the balloon narrowly missed a row of terraced houses and a school.

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