Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lindstrand Balloons 90A, N75199: Center, Incident occurred December 03, 2017 in Outagamie County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hot air balloon sustained minor damage on landing. Struck powerlines.

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 14:53:00Z
Regis#: N75199
Aircraft Make: LINDSTRAND
Aircraft Model: 90A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

CENTER - Two people escaped injury Sunday morning when their hot air balloon crashed into power lines on Meade Street north of Wege Road in Outagamie County.

One of the occupants felt tingling in his hands when they hit the power lines. They were instructed to stay in the basket until We Energies arrived to cut the power.

"Nobody was hurt," Keith Broehm, assistant fire chief for Center, told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. "The basket landed on the ground. We waited for the power company to disconnect down on the end and got the basket and propane disconnected and got them out."

We Energies needed a second boom truck to safely remove the balloon from the power lines. The balloon was torn but salvageable.

The balloon's pilot and passenger declined to talk to a reporter to explain what went wrong. The sky was sunny, and there was a slight breeze from the south.

Broehm said the occupants were fortunate to avoid injury.

"With propane bottles in there and moisture and then you hit the wires, it's kind of dangerous," Broehm said.

Center resident Toni Hofacker said her husband told her that two hot air balloons were flying in the area, so she and their 6-year-old son, Nick, drove to the area to watch them land.

She said they saw three hot air balloons: two that safely landed in farm fields and the one that crashed.

"We saw it already down," Hofacker said. "I was thinking, 'Could that start a fire?' We just wanted to watch them land."

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