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1 critically injured when hot air balloon has hard landing

August 4, 2018

DENVER (AP) — Authorities in central Colorado say three people were injured — one critically — when the hot air balloon they were in had a hard landing.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, tells The Denver Post that two pilots and nine passengers were aboard the balloon when it touched down east of Hartsel on Friday morning. The balloon, operated by Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, collapsed when it landed.

Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers says an elderly passenger was taken by helicopter to a hospital. No other information has been released.

Hartsel is about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southwest of Denver.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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