Six injured in hot air balloon crash

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.


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.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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