, Salem, MA

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June 22, 2013

Balloonist says wayward wind caused crash

Power killed in 3 towns, but pilot and four passengers escape injury


“I’m sure they were nervous,” Sica said. “I think everyone was most worried about the power lines, so they kept their distance.”

None of the passengers could be reached for comment.

As the balloon, got closer and closer to the power lines, Sica eventually had to rely on neighbors for help.

“When I knew we were going to hit the power lines, I focused on making sure I would get my passengers out,” he said. “I threw a drop line down and asked the people on the street to help us out.”

The balloon was about 15 to 20 feet off the ground when it was tangled in the power lines.

Frazier said his department filed reports with the Federal Aviation Administration and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation following the crash.

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