Hot air balloon crashes in Nottinghamshire town centre

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A blistery aerial balloon crash-landed successful a municipality centre successful Nottinghamshire.

British Transport Police (BTP) said its officers gave retired archetypal assistance successful Sutton-in-Ashfield aft the craft came to a halt astatine astir 20:50 BST connected Saturday.

Pilot Andrew Davidson, who brought the balloon down beside the Nags Head pub, said helium had ne'er experienced specified a landing successful much than 30 years of flying.

"It was untidy, but we were safe," helium said.

Mr Davidson, who is president of the Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club, said helium was "anxious" to onshore earlier reaching the municipality arsenic helium was debased connected fuel, but helium could not find an due spot.

"Unfortunately determination were a batch of powerfulness lines, livestock and crops that prevented maine from landing immoderate sooner," helium said.

"At that constituent you conscionable person to marque definite you tin support power of the balloon truthful it doesn't conscionable drift."

'Very unusual'

Roof tiles were knocked disconnected the pub arsenic the balloon descended and 1 of the 4 radical connected committee suffered a bloody nose, Mr Davidson said.

He praised pub-goers for coming retired to assistance and said the clang volition beryllium reported to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the British Balloon and Airship Club.

"This landing is very, precise antithetic - it's the archetypal clip I've ever done that, and I've flown blistery aerial balloons for implicit 30 years," helium said.

"I've ne'er had 1 similar that before, and I don't privation 1 similar that again.

"It was precise absorbing for the radical of Sutton-in-Ashfield - I've seen immoderate bully videos."

BTP Nottinghamshire confirmed its officers responded and offered archetypal assistance aft the crash.

"This isn't thing that happens precise often," they tweeted.

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