Hot Air Balloon Accident at Maine’s Great Falls Balloon Festival Injured 5

08/22/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Lewiston, ME — Five people were injured at the Great Falls Balloon Festival on Saturday, August 20, 2011, when a balloon caught fire at liftoff. The ballooning accident occurred around 7 p.m., which injured four passengers and the pilot, reported the Bangor Daily News.

According to officials, the hot air balloon ignited near the balloon’s burner as one of the balloon’s crew member was working to unhook the propane line.

Eight people in all were inside the basket, including a boy, when the fire ignited.

Responding emergency crews rushed two of the passengers to Central Maine Medical Center and two others were taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Emergency medical personnel at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston treated one other victim.

The balloon pilot, Andre Boucher, was treated for second-degree burns to his face, head, neck and arms.

The identities of the injured are being withheld at this time.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the ballooning accident.

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