York & North Yorkshire

Hot-air balloon hits power lines in North Yorkshire

Balloon crash
Image caption No-one is believed to have been injured

A hot-air balloon with 10 people on board has hit electricity power lines near West Haddlesey, North Yorkshire.

All of the passengers and the pilot are understood to have escaped without injury.

Northern Powergrid said the power supply was automatically cut off and it was repairing damage to the lines.

The passengers were taken back to York Racecourse from where it is believed the balloon had earlier taken off, said North Yorkshire Police.

Balloon Rides, which operated the flight, said: "There was an increase in surface winds on landing and the balloon caught the wire on landing."

It said there were no injuries and only minor damage to the balloon.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident.

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