Twelve people have been injured and two people are missing after a hot-air balloon caught fire in mid-air before crashing to the ground in a trailer park in Surrey, B.C. According to witness, people were screaming, jumping out of the balloon when it caught fire.
As many as 14 people may have been on board at the time of the accident. As of early Saturday morning, two people were still unaccounted for. The hot air balloon’s basket bursts into flames shortly after takeoff when it was about 25 feet off the ground in Surrey, B.C., Friday evening Aug. 24, 2007.
Even worse when the balloon landed on the ground, one of its propane tanks shot out from the side of the balloon and hit a mobile home in the RV park.
The balloon was operated by Fantasy Balloons Charters based in Langley, British Columbia and was one of several balloons in flight at the time.
Another similar incident occurred in Manitoba earlier this month left 12 people were injured with some suffering second- and third-degree burns.