10 People Killed in Hot Air Balloon Crash in California

Updated On 18 Feb, 2019 Published On

Ten people were killed after a hot air balloon they were on crashed in northern California on Sunday, February 17.

According to fire officials, heavy high winds prompted the pilot to take an "emergency landing".

Kevin Brown, a spokesman for Vallejo Fire Department, told KTVU that the hot air balloon went down off of Skaggs Island near Highway 37, at approx. 10 a.m.

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The fire department has shared a tweet to reveal that one person suffered a minor injury while others were "suffering from just cold weather".

Officials told media that the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after high winds pushed the hot air balloon toward power lines.

A resident, who was reported to be watching the aircraft go down, called the police.

The balloon landed in a marshy area that’s hard to reach. The passengers were brought safely by on a helicopter sent by California Highway Patrol.

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