Hot Air Balloon Festival May Be A Factor In Vermont Plane Crash

11:03 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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Middletown Springs, VT - Vermont State Police say a small plane crash that left two California men with minor injuries happened because the pilot couldn't touch down as planned because of a hot air balloon festival. 

Both men suffered lacerations and the pilot had an injured wrist after Saturday's crash in Middletown Springs. 

Police say the pilot had departed from a small grass airstrip near Burlington bound for Glen Falls, New York, but had to turn back after spotting hot air balloons and cars on the runway. A state police report says he headed toward Rutland, Vermont, to refuel but fell a couple miles short. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin an investigation Monday.











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