A Statesville man was taken to the hospital with a serious ankle injury after the hot air balloon in which he was riding made a hard landing in eastern Iredell County, the (Statesville) Record & Landmark reported.
Dave Litton, a balloon pilot-in-training, was treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after the landing in a field near Cool Springs on Friday.
The balloon’s pilot, Charles Page, was uninjured during the landing. Page, a pilot with Big Oh! Balloons in Cool Springs, told the newspaper he was giving Litton his eighth piloting lesson. Litton’s foot was in a poor position when the balloon landed, Page said.
“It was a routine landing,” Page said. “There was no damage to the balloon, nobody thrown out.”
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“In my 36 years of flying, this is the first time an injury of any kind has happened,” Page told the Record & Landmark.