Hot air balloon gets caught in electric wires, leaves 3 people injured

(Photo Credit: NBC Philadelphia)

Three people were severely hurt after a hot air balloon landed on electric wires near New Holland in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Initial investigation suggested that the pilot was trying to land the balloon in a hay field when it accidentally got caught up on power lines on Saturday night.

According to New Holland Police Department official Sgt. Mark Willwerth, the balloon landed at a farm in Earl Township around 8 p.m. and the top of the balloon deflated when it got tangled in overhead electrical wires.

(Photo Credit: FOX43)
(Photo Credit: FOX43)

All three people on board were reported to have suffered injuries related to being shocked.

“There does not appear to be anything wrong with the balloon and weather is not believed to be a factor,” New Holland Police Department official Sgt. Mark Willwerth said.

The 55-year-old pilot including the two passengers from Maryland, a 53-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, were rushed to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment. It is said that injuries were consistent with electrical burns.

A report posted on FOX43 claimed that the balloon was privately owned.

Officials had no further details regarding the incident. However, the Federal Aviation Administration was tasked to conduct an investigation.

During a recreational ride near Lancaster in March 2015, a hot air balloon with two female passengers on board was blown by strong winds. The gust caused the balloon to gain speed and accidentally slam a nearby building.

The balloon’s basket slammed into the building, and the women on board were heard screaming as the basket elevated as high as the roof.

As the balloon got caught up on the building, rescuers took the chance to hold the aircraft tight and later pulled it down to the ground. People rushed in to assist the passengers on board.

“That’s put me off balloon rides for today,” says a disillusioned onlooker.