ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Vermont State Police said on Thursday, July 15 in the town of Bradford, Vermont, a hot-air-balloon accident resulted in one death to the pilot Brian Boland, 72, of Post Mills, Vermont.
Four passengers and Boland took off in the hot air balloon sometime in the afternoon heading towards Post Mills Airport.
During the ride, the balloon began to descend and briefly touched down in a field. When contact was made with the ground, the basket tipped and a passenger fell out, and Boland became entangled in gear affixed to the balloon. The balloon then began to re-ascend and Boland was trapped underneath the basket. While the balloon was in the air Boland fell to his death at a field off Waits River Road
The balloon continued north for about 1.5 miles until it became caught in a grove of trees. The other three passengers were then able to safely exit the balloon.
Boland’s body is being transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.