Three passengers were injured Sunday when a hot air balloon came in contact with a power line in southern Pennsylvania. One passenger was critically injured and was found in cardiac arrest.
About the Hot Air Ballon Accident
55-year-old Robert Fisher from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania was piloting a hot air balloon, when the balloon suddenly blew into a power line. Fisher along with two other passengers, Robert Spencer, 53, and Melyndia Davis, 48, suffered severe injuries from the electric shock of the power line.
Emergency responders arrived to find Davis in cardiac arrest – a bystander had been administering CPR before their arrival. She was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.
Reuters News Agency reports that the balloon actually landed safely but when air was being let out it flew into the power line. Local authorities have announced Spencer and Fisher are in good condition.
Injury and Death Reports from Hot Air Balloon Accidents
- On February 2013 a hot air balloon caught fire, killing 19 people on board. The accident occurred over Luxor, Egypt.
- In 2012 a hot air balloon hit a power line while flying over New Zealand. The balloon caught fire and killed 11 people.
- In 2008 a balloon was flying over Phoenixville, Pennsylvania when it abruptly burst into flames killing four passengers.
Hot Air Balloon Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by NBC News:
- Since 1964, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 755 hot air balloon incidents in the United States.
- There has been a total of 70 hot air balloon incidents involving fatalities, according to the NTSB 6 people have died ballooning from 2002 to 2012.