NAPA VALLEY (April 2, 2019) – Three passengers riding in a hot air balloon suffered serious injuries after it collided into power lines in on Monday morning, April 1st.
The balloon, operated by Balloons Above the Valley, hit three power lines at approximately 7:50 a.m. near Highway 29, also known as Lake County Highway, which is located south of Yountville.
Burn Victims Hospitalized
One of the passengers, a woman, sustained serious burns when she made contact with a line. The two other passengers were injured when the line arced. After careening into the power lines and ricocheting off tree tops, the balloon landed violently.
According to reports, the woman suffering serious burn wounds was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
The other two other burn victims were transported via ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.
According to passengers on the hot air balloon, there were 20 people, including a pilot on the ride. The flight allegedly went awry when the pilot got too close to the power lines. The passengers said that the pilot tried to compensate by pulling up, but it was too late.
Federal Aviation Administration Investigating, 2 Other Prior Incidences
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash, which damaged three 21,000-volt lines and cut out the power to 13 agricultural customers. Cal Fire and the Napa Valley Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident and utility crews worked until just after midnight to replace damaged equipment and restore power.
According to the FAA, the company had two prior incidents in recent years. Balloons Above the Valley has been in business since 1976.
In incidences like these in which a company fails to ensure the safety of its passengers, those that have suffered injuries in the hot air balloon crash are entitled to recovery through a personal injury claim.
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