Hot Air Balloons Crash Into Power Lines

CBS Cleveland reports that a hot air balloon crashed into a power line June 7 near Sellersburg, southern Indiana. Three people were treated at the scene for burns after the balloon hit the power lines. The balloon was carrying a couple who had just gotten engaged.

On March 25, 2012, 3 people were left hanging for five hours after a wind blew their hot air balloon into a 132-kilovolt high voltage power line tower (pylon) in Northamptonshire, England (Mail Online). The balloon basket was set ablaze by showers of sparks. One passenger suffered minor burns and another passenger’s hair was singed. After the power was turned off, the 3 were eventually rescued.

A hot air balloon with 9 people aboard collided with power lines in Marana, Arizona, March 16, 2012 (KVOA Tucson). Sparks generated from the collision ignited parts of the balloon but fortunately only minor burns were reported by 3 passengers.

A much more serious accident occurred in New Zealand January 7, 2012, when a hot air balloon crashed into a power line, burst into flames, and killed 11 people on board (Mail Online).

Overhead power lines pose major hazards to hot air balloons, paragliders, hang gliders, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Burying these lines would avert life-threatening danger to humans and avoid costly damages.

~ by RETA on June 7, 2012.

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