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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Woman injured in hot air balloon accident

    By Jonathan Brown on June 5, 2016

    Woman injured in hot air balloon accident

    An investigation has been launched after a hot air balloon accident left a woman with burn injuries.

    The accident happened when the balloon’s basket hit power lines, causing it to crash in a field close to where a car boot sale was being held.

    A man who claimed to have witnessed the crash, described the hot air balloon as having “burst into flames” after colliding with the electricity lines.

    Another eyewitness said there had been several hot air balloons in the air at the time of the crash.

    Passenger taken to hospital

    Following the accident a 22-year-old woman, who had been a passenger on the balloon, was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital with burn injuries.

    The balloon’s 64-year-old pilot is said to have escaped the incident, which happened near Northampton, uninjured.

    A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Board (AAIB) said inquiries into the incident were being made.

    Following the incident, power to more than 2,300 homes was temporarily interrupted.

    But a spokesman for Western Power Distribution said the electricity supply had been automatically restored within a minute. Engineers, he added, had attended the scene to completely isolate the circuit. The lines were inspected and minor repairs carried out, he added.

    Source: BBC

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    Date Published: June 5, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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