RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a hot-air balloon crash in the town of Ryegate.
The Vermont State Police say there were no injuries in the incident that began Sunday when the balloon that had taken off from the Post Mills airport landed in the trees.
Police say the pilot of the balloon, Keith Sproul, 62, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, attempted to slow the balloon by brushing the tops of trees.
Sproul was pushed forward from the seat and unable to control the balloon. Sproul talked the passenger through landing the balloon into the trees, which caused damage to the balloon, but no injuries.
The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
In July, hot air balloon designer and pilot Brian Boland was killed after falling from a balloon that had taken off from the Post Mills airport. The balloon later landed in New Hampshire. One of four passengers in that incident suffered minor injuries.
A memorial was held in Thetford this past weekend for Boland, with hot air ballons visible in the sky, WCAX-TV reported.