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US Colorado hot air balloon crash injures multiple people, one reportedly in critical condition

15:25  04 august  2018
15:25  04 august  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A hot air balloon crash in Park County, Colo. injured multiple people on board, with one person reportedly in critical condition . On August 3, a hot air balloon carrying nine passengers and two pilots came crashing down around 10:30 a.m. near High Chaparral Road, CBS 4 reports.

On July 30, 2016, sixteen people were killed when the hot air balloon they were riding in struck power lines, crashed and caught fire in the unincorporated community of Maxwell near Lockhart, Texas, a city 30 miles (48 km) south of the state capital Austin.

a balloon in the air: The crash happened during the morning of August 3. © Sylvia Schug The crash happened during the morning of August 3.

A hot air balloon crash in Park County, Colo. injured multiple people on board, with one person reportedly in critical condition.

On August 3, a hot air balloon carrying nine passengers and two pilots came crashing down around 10:30 a.m. near High Chaparral Road, CBS 4 reports. Fox 31 adds that it crashed after about an hour of flight.

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"It was described as a hard landing," Dave Wohlers, Undersheriff at the Park County Sheriff's office told the Canon City Daily Record of the incident. "That's typically not a good thing."

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A hot air balloon has crashed in Park County, Colorado early Friday morning with nine people on board, according to CBS Denver. Officials have said that some of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

A hot air balloon carrying nine passengers crashed in Park County, Colo. At least two additional passengers sustained injuries and were taken to a Colorado Springs hospital, Wholers said. This is a developing story.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the balloon portion of the aircraft, known as the “envelope,” collapsed while the balloon was coming down for its scheduled landing, Fox 31 reports.

According to CBS 4, at least three of the people on board were rushed to the hospital, with one airlifted.

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It remains unclear at this time whether the injured persons are passengers or pilots. The name of the company operating the hot air balloon was not immediately available for comment.

This is  a developing story– check back for updates.

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