Hot air balloon gets tangled in power lines in Iowa


For the second time during this year’s National Balloon Classic, a hot air balloon has struck a power line. First responders were called to the area of ​​Highway 69 and McGregor around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Apparently the balloon pilot did not see the power lines he crashed into. No injuries were reported. He was the only one aboard the balloon. The balloon was still tangled in the power line around 9 a.m. Thursday. Several teams from MidAmerican Energy Co. were on site. Karen Sorensen saw it all unfold. It happened a few meters from her garden as she live-streamed the balloons in flight. And around that time you could see him getting caught in it,” Sorensen said. The pilot was able to exit the balloon basket without injury. in power lines. They don’t approach the stage until the power has been cut off. “We have meetings before that with the fire chief, police chief, sheriff, Mid American Energy and emergency management for Warren County. We’re reviewing those situations well in We have scenarios we’re working on and we prepare for when that happens,” said Bill Clemons, National Balloon Classic. These people are still recovering from their injuries. A fourth person on the balloon was not seriously injured.

For the second time at this year’s National Balloon Classic, a hot air balloon has struck a power line.

First responders were called to the area of ​​Highway 69 and McGregor around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Apparently the balloon pilot did not see the power lines he crashed into. No injuries were reported. He was the only one on the ball.

The balloon was still tangled in the power line around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Several teams from MidAmerican Energy Co. were on site.

Karen Sorensen saw it all unfold.

It happened just meters from her garden as she live-streamed the balloons in flight.

“You could see this bright sparkle of light, and then it would burst. Then there was a whole bunch of other bursts, like fireworks. And about that time, you could see it caught in it. “said Sorensen.

The pilot was able to exit the balloon basket without injury.

National Balloon Classic officials say there are safety procedures they follow when a balloon crashes into power lines. They don’t approach the stage until the power has been cut off.

“We have meetings before that with the fire chief, police chief, sheriff, Mid American Energy, and emergency management for Warren County. We’re looking at those situations well in advance. We have scenarios we’re working on and preparing for when it arrives,” said Bill Clemons, National Balloon Classic.

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In an unrelated incident, three people were seriously burned when a hot air balloon hit a power line last week. These people are still recovering from their injuries.

A fourth person on the ball was not seriously injured.


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