Hot air balloon crashes in New Zealand injuring 11 people


Posted at Jul 09 2021 09:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 09 2021 09:31 AM

WELLINGTON - Two people were seriously injured while 9 others suffered bruises after a hot air balloon crashed in a popular tourist town in the South Island of New Zealand on Friday.

The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. local time near Morven Ferry Road in Arrowtown, police officials told Reuters.

While there were no fatalities, 2 people were transported by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital, the police said.

It was initially believed that the balloon crashed into a house but officials clarified that it had landed in a farm where it was meant to land.

"The briefing that I've had from police is that it wasn't an emergency landing, it landed where it was supposed to land but the landing itself went wrong," Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult was reported saying on Radio New Zealand.

Emergency services were still responding to the incident. 


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