Four hundred homes left without power after hot air balloon crashed through power cables near Levens

Four hundred homes left without power after hot air balloon crashed through power cables near Levens

Four hundred homes left without power after hot air balloon crashed through power cables near Levens

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PASSENGERS narrowly escaped with their lives after the hot air balloon they were in crashed through power cables leaving hundreds of households without electricity for hours.

A group of 16 people were on board a Virgin Balloon Flight which took off from Ulverston at 5.15pm on Friday (April 4) when it clipped overhead power cables in Levens almost an hour later.

The pilot was forced to make an emergency but ‘controlled’ landing in a field as the electricity cables sparked then snapped.

All passengers escaped unhurt.

More than 400 homes were left without power until at least 11.30pm, with some still feeling the effects of the crash.

If you were on the flight or witnessed the incident and can give us any further details, or if you have any photographs, please contact the Gazette newsdesk on 01539-790252.

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4:37pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Rick Farmwatch says...

The Hot Air Balloons have been taking out power and killing people and crops for a long time. 2007 in southern California a Canadian was killed in a balloon crash. All over the world people have been killed. I know not as many as in car crashes and or other means of flight. But who would like to burn to death???
Please google "Coachella Valley Farm Watch Report" This will give you an idea of what we are putting up with in our valley.
Thank you for your time.
R.F.
The Hot Air Balloons have been taking out power and killing people and crops for a long time. 2007 in southern California a Canadian was killed in a balloon crash. All over the world people have been killed. I know not as many as in car crashes and or other means of flight. But who would like to burn to death??? Please google "Coachella Valley Farm Watch Report" This will give you an idea of what we are putting up with in our valley. Thank you for your time. R.F. Rick Farmwatch
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8:41pm Tue 8 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

I think you will find that most of the accidents involving balloons were in third world countries, where the ability of the pilots and equipment leaves something to be desired.British ballooning has a very good safety record, just hope the passengers are ok in the crash at Levens
I think you will find that most of the accidents involving balloons were in third world countries, where the ability of the pilots and equipment leaves something to be desired.British ballooning has a very good safety record, just hope the passengers are ok in the crash at Levens hogheaven
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