Hot air balloon hits power lines in Minnesota, three passengers fall

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By journalsofus.com


A hot air balloon crashed into a set of power lines in Rochester, Minnesota.and caused a small brush fire that reportedly caused three passengers to fall to the ground.

The people, who have not yet been identified, were in the basket of the balloon when it disconnected and fell 20 to 30 feet to the ground, according to reports. None of the passengers were seriously injured, but two reported minor injuries, authorities said.

A gust of wind reportedly pushed the balloon off course as the pilot attempted to land in a nearby field, causing a collision on Highway 63 around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Rochester Fire Department He went to the scene and put out a small fire. that sparked near where the basket landed.

Smoke users also reported meeting passengers, one of whom confirmed that he had been the pilot of the balloon, and It was determined that there were no serious injuries in the accident.

Video footage captured by the Minnesota Department of Transportation shows the balloon descending over the road before a glowing ball of light is generated and the wind carries the balloon upwards.

Smoke can also be seen rising from the collision area in the latter part of the video.

The balloon was located several miles from the basket after it floated away and will be examined by the National Transportation Safety Board as part of its investigation in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration.



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