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NTSB report details fatal hot-air balloon crash

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Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:33 AM EDT
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PIERMONT, N.H. (AP) - A preliminary report details how three passengers were able to radio for help and crash-land a hot-air balloon without injury in July after their pilot was thrown overboard by the impact of an initial crash.

The pilot, Brian Boland, 72, died in the crash. He took flight July 15 from an airport he owned in Thetford, Vermont, with four passengers aboard the balloon that was registered for sightseeing.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that an initial crash, caused when a burner went out, threw Boland and one passenger from the basket. The balloon then ascended back into the sky and passengers used an emergency radio to seek landing instructions.

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