Hot air balloon lands on electrical wires, causes severe injuries

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NEW HOLLAND, Pa. – A hot air balloon landed on power lines in central Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and two passengers, authorities said.

The incident occurred when the pilot was trying to land the balloon in a hay field Saturday night in New Holland.

Sgt. Mark Willwerth of the New Holland Police Department said its top got caught up on the power lines as it was deflating.

“There does not appear to be anything wrong with the balloon, and weather is not believed to be a factor,” he said.

All three people aboard were hospitalized at a local trauma center with severe injuries.

Police did not release their full identities, but what is known is the pilot is a 55-year-old from Lancaster County and the two passengers are a man, 53, and a woman, 48, from Maryland.

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