TWO people have been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a hot air balloon with 15 people on board crashed in the NSW Hunter Valley.
The balloon’s basket clipped a bush and tipped while trying to land near Camp Road at Greta, 21km from Cessnock just after 7am on Saturday.
Police said six people were injured after the balloon “landed heavily”. Of those, four were treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.
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An 80-year-old woman suffered multiple fractures and a woman in her 20s sustained suspected spinal injuries.
Both were airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where they remain this afternoon, in a “serious but stable” condition.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It’s understood a fleet of balloons tried landing at the same time after the weather turned and wind increased.