Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Loses Power Due To Hot Air Balloon Accident
A power line was cut after getting hit by a hot air balloon in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley.
AusNet’s spokesperson, Jonathon Geddes, confirmed in an interview by The Australian that there were no casualties or injuries.
The pilot of the hot air balloon fled even before reps from AusNet had the chance to interview him.
Yarra Valley is not alien to the high traffic of hot air balloons passing by the area, but Geddes said this was a “rare occurence.”
The owner of Global Ballooning, Kiff Saunders, and his team were in the area four hours before AusNet staffers arrived. He claimed that the pilot didn’t see the power lines and that he tried maneuvering the balloon into a farm.
“When he saw the line he quickly brought it to the ground and unfortunately the balloon fabric went into the powerline,” he said in the report.
Commercial hot air balloon flights are regulated like charter planes in Australia. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau claimed it was no big issue and the incident did have “startling” outcomes.