ASHLAND: A balloon pilot who died in an accident after landing his balloon Friday evening has been identified by Ashland BalloonFest organizers.

John Moran, 74, of Cortland, was a 23-year veteran of the local hot-air balloon event, BalloonFest President Mindi Cantrell confirmed Saturday.

Moran had landed his Tetris balloon on a road north of the city Friday night when the accident occurred.

“During disassembly of the balloon, the pilot hit his head on the burners, sustaining a fatal injury,” Cantrell said in a prepared statement Saturday.

Moran died at University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center where he was transported by the Ashland Fire Department.

“John loved the sport and the ballooning community,” Cantrell said. “He will be deeply missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Saturday night balloon glow at 9:15 p.m. would be held in the memory of Moran, she said.

Moran was a salesman for Kubicek Balloons, according to his biography in the official BalloonFest guide.

Saturday morning’s competition flight was canceled, but the rest of the day’s events went on as scheduled.

BalloonFest is an annual three-day summer festival in this North Central Ohio city, featuring nearly 30 hot air balloons.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene after the accident and completed its initial investigation, Cantrell said.

The Richland County Source reported that friends of Moran who declined to be named said he lived in and worked for Johnston Township near Cortland.

Moran’s Facebook page indicates he served as the township’s fiscal officer.

Like many balloon pilots, Moran enjoyed sharing his love of ballooning with others and teaching people how to fly, the Source reported.