Four people were seriously injured in the hospital when the hot air balloon crashed in Colorado on Friday morning.
A hot air balloon with nine people on board crashed early Friday morning in Park County, Colorado, according to CBS Denver. Officials have said some of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
CBS Denver reports that at least three people were rushed to the hospital and one was flown away from the scene, although their injuries were not further investigated.
Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers confirmed to CBS Denver that the balloon went down with a “hard landing” at 10:30 am (CDT) near High Chaparrel Road in Park County.
At the time of the crash, Park County weather reflected a 40% chance of precipitation and northwest winds at eight miles per hour, although it is still unclear whether it was weather conditions that influenced the accident.
A 2014 study shows that hot air balloon crashes are extremely rare and deaths from these crashes are even rarer. NBC News reported that from 2002 to 2012, only 16 people died as a result of a hot air balloon crash.
Additionally, NBC News reported that all hot air balloons must be checked annually or every 100 hours of flight, whichever comes first. In addition, hot air balloon pilots must pass a successful flight check every two years in order to retain their licenses.
It is not yet known which company was responsible for the hot air balloon that crashed in Park County or who the pilot was at the time of the accident.
This is a recent news post and will be updated as more information becomes available.