Hot Air Balloon Goes Down in Colorado, Several People Injured

August 3, 2018 Updated: August 3, 2018

A hot air balloon made a “hard landing” on Aug. 3 in Park County, Colorado, injuring several people, and one person is in critical condition, said local police officials. Several media outlets described it as a crash.

“It was described as a hard landing,” Dave Wohlers, a spokesman at the Park County Sheriff’s Office, told the Canon City Daily Record. “That’s typically not a good thing.”

Nine passengers and two pilots were on board the balloon when it went down near Hartsel, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“Two female passengers were injured. The most seriously injured was transported by Flight for Life to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs,” it stated.

A hot air balloon crash in Park County, Colorado, injured several people, and one person is in critical condition, said officials. (Google Maps)
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Previous reports said that three people in all were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the balloon portion of the aircraft collapsed when it was coming down for its scheduled landing, according to KDVR. It was operated for one hour before the landing.