Monday, April 15, 2019

Incident occurred April 14, 2019 in Napa County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Balloon made a hard landing.

Date: 14-APR-19
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BALLOON
Aircraft Model: UNK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NAPA

Updated at 5:40 p.m. — Three people were injured Sunday morning after a hot-air balloon from Sonoma County was blown off course to a rough landing west of St. Helena, authorities reported.

The landing occurred near the 2900 block of White Sulphur Springs Road, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the scene along with personnel from Cal Fire and two ambulance crews.

Two of the three injured people were taken by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Woolworth.

The balloon, which was carrying 13 people, is owned by Wine Country Balloons of Santa Rosa and was scheduled to complete its flight entirely within Sonoma County, but winds blew it east into Napa County instead, Woolworth said. The pilot attempted to land the balloon at Crane Park in St. Helena but was instead blown to White Sulphur Springs Road in the rural Upvalley.

Sunday's balloon incident was the second in the Napa Valley in less than two weeks. On April 1, a balloon registered to Balloons Above the Valley clipped power lines before landing south of Yountville. Three of the 19 passengers were hospitalized with electrical burns.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the Yountville incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

A hot air balloon took off in Sonoma County and then crashed in Napa County Sunday morning, injuring three people on board, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. It was the second balloon to crash in Napa this month.

The balloon was operated by Wine Country Balloons, a Santa Rosa c
ompany, according to Napa Valley Register. Officials with the balloon company could not be reached Monday.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the FAA, said details on the crash, such as where it occurred and where the balloon took off, were not immediately available Monday. Gregor confirmed the FAA is investigating. The report of the crash came in to first responders at 11:35 Sunday morning.

The balloon was unable to land at its intended location in Napa County and was pushed back into the Mayacamas Mountains and “landed hard,” said Sgt. Mike Milat of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office who had no further details.

The crash resulted in three people sustaining minor injuries, said Shannon Criss of Cal Fire. Criss had no further information about the crash.

On April 1, a hot air balloon registered to Napa company Balloons Above the Valley crashed into power lines in Napa Valley, leaving three passengers with electrical burns.

Original article can be found here ➤

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