Dramatic moment when hot air balloon crashes before two men fall out of the basket while it rises again without a pilot in Austria
- Two men were injured after falling from a hot air balloon in Raggal, Vorarlberg, Austria
- Pilot Hansjorg Keller, 69, had minor injuries and a passenger, 64, broke his arm
- Landing failure was due to gusts of wind blowing into the envelope of the balloon
This is the dramatic moment when two men were injured after falling from an uncontrolled hot air balloon in Austria.
Pilot Hansjorg Keller, 69, and one passenger were injured after falling out of the balloon basket after a gust of wind caused a landing error in Raggal, Vorarlberg.
An eyewitness filmed the incident outside his house when the hot air balloon flew up again without a pilot.
Pilot Hansjorg Keller, 69 and one passenger, 64, were injured after a fall of a hot air balloon in Raggal, Vorarlberg, Austria on August 26
The 69-year-old from Switzerland returned from Grosses Walsertal with six Austrian passengers and wanted to land the balloon around 26.15 on 26 August.
In his attempt to land, a gust of wind blew into the envelope of the hot air balloon and lifted the basket off the ground before it landed again with extreme force.
The basket fell and the pilot and passengers fell out, but the 64-year-old man tried to hold onto it to prevent him from flying away.
The pilot sustained minor injuries but the 64-year-old man broke his arm and was admitted to the hospital
He was picked up and hoisted a few meters into the air before he crashed back onto the grass, while the pilot was dragged across the meadow while not releasing the tear bone to lower the balloon.
It crashed again and the pilot did not stop taking off this time.
According to the witness, a 20-man fire brigade team with two vehicles and a mountain rescue team arrived within 17 minutes of the incident.
Keller suffered minor injuries and the 64-year-old man broke his arm and was admitted to the Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, but the other passengers were not injured.
According to the police, the weather conditions before the landing were normal.
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