01 August 2019
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander


  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
SP AMITY - TROOPERS RESPOND TO 2 SEPARATE HOT AIR BALLOON ACCIDENTS IN TOWN OF HUME

ON AUGUST 1ST, 2019 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:48 PM NEW YORK STATE POLICE AMITY PATROLS WERE DISPATCHED VIA ALLEGANY COUNTY 911 TO 2 SEPARATE HOT AIR BALLOON ACCIDENTS IN THE TOWN OF HUME. TROOPERS RESPONDED TO THE FIRST LOCATION IN A FIELD OFF MILLS MILLS RD. AND FOUND ONE HOT AIR BALLOON CONTAINING 8 PASSENGERS AND THE PILOT. ONE PASSENGER SUFFERED A LEG INJURY AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO DANSVILLE HOSPITAL BY FILLMORE EMS. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE SECOND ACCIDENT SCENE OFF COUNTY ROAD 23 IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE BALLOON CONTAINED FOUR PASSENGERS AND THE PILOT. TWO PASSENGERS WERE EJECTED FROM THE BASKET AND SUFFERED MINOR HEAD INJURIES. BOTH WERE TRANSPORTED BY FILLMORE EMS TO WARSAW HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO THE PILOTS OF BOTH BALLOONS THE ACCIDENTS WERE CAUSED BY HIGH WINDS THAT CREATED A THERMAL UPLIFT RESULTING IN BOTH PILOTS REDUCING THROTTLE TO MAINTAIN PROPER ELEVATION. WHEN THE THERMAL UPLIFT CONDITIONS CEASED IT RESULTED IN BOTH BALLOONS LOSING CONTROL AND HAVING HARD LANDINGS CAUSING THE ABOVE INJURIES. THE FAA WAS NOTIFIED AND THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

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