Yuma Journalists Banged Up in Hot-Air Balloon Crash

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A hot-air balloon flight that organizers of a balloon festival in Yuma hoped would bring some good publicity to the event backfired when a balloon carrying journalists made a hard landing.

A photographer from the Yuma Sun newspaper and a reporter and cameraman from Yuma’s KYMA-TV were on board the balloon Wednesday when the pilot was unable to control its landing because the propane burner failed.

The balloon basket ended up smashing into a tree, bouncing hard along the ground and being dragged along a barbed-wire fence before the pilot could refire the burner and make a safe landing.

The TV crew and the photographer were banged up but weren’t seriously hurt.

The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival runs from Nov. 21-23.

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