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.
Date Published: June 5, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown