Several people injured in Wyoming hot air balloon crash


Several people were injured when three hot air balloons crashed in Wyoming on Monday morning, authorities said.

The accident occurred south of the village of Teton, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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The extent of the injuries has not been made public. It was not immediately clear what caused the incident or how many people were injured, but authorities said the balloons were found in a section of land less than half a mile away.

Clint Phillips, a resident of Texas who was in one of the balloons, told the Jackson Hole News & Guide that his balloon was carrying 20 people when it began to “lift us up and down”.

“I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was,” he told the newspaper. “And then we were in hell a few minutes later. It was crazy. “

A 12-year-old boy who was in another balloon with his family told the newspaper their captain fell out while they stayed in his basket.

“We bounced back and got back into the air alone,” he told News & Guide, adding that other people were on the ground with injuries.

The sheriff’s office said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.


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