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4 injured after hot air balloon lands hard in Arizona

MAYER, Ariz. — Four passengers are being treated at a hospital for minor
injuries after a hot air balloon had a hard landing in northern Arizona.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said gusty winds forced the balloon to land
around 8 a.m. Monday in the community of Old Cordes, about eight miles east of

During the landing, authorities said the passenger basket struck the ground
several times and travelled about 150 yards before coming to a rest.

Five other passengers aboard and the pilot escaped injury.

Authorities said the hot air balloon owned by a Cottonwood company had lifted
off from the Black Canyon Wash near Cottonwood and intended to fly to a landing
zone in Camp Verde, off Interstate 17. Mayer is along Arizona State Route 69.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety
Board are investigating the crash.


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