Balloon Removed From Pylon

26 March 2012, 17:41

Electrical engineers have managed to free a hot air balloon after it got stuck in a pylon while landing.

Three passengers were on-board the private balloon when it crashed leaving them stranded for five hours.

Pilot Adam Griffiths, 19, spoke to Heart this morning, he says it is all still a blur.

"I was coming in for a landing just over at the playing fields... we hit the power lines, there was a big explosion, bit of a bang and then we just hung there for a few hours"

He told Heart he has been speaking to the Air Accident Investigation Branch and that they will be doing an investigation into the accident later in the week.

Engineers for UK Power said this is a very unusual job for them

"I've been doing this for 36 years and it’s the first one I've ever had to take off so no it doesn't happen very often"

The voltage of the pylon is 132,000 watts- easily enough to have killed the three passengers.

They are all now safe and well suffering just minor burns.

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