PHOENIX (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit stemming from a 2010 collision of a motorized paraglider and a hot air balloon in north-central Arizona.
The collision occurred after the paraglider and balloon became entangled, causing both to fall quickly to the ground. They landed about a quarter-mile from the Cottonwood airport, where a festival featuring balloon liftoffs was being held.
The paraglider’s pilot and several people in the balloon’s basket were injured, and the paraglider pilot sued the airport and other defendants.
The negligence lawsuit said the pilot wasn’t warned of dangerous conditions.
However, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled earlier this week that a judge correctly dismissed the case. The ruling said the airport had no responsibility for the paraglider once it left the airport.
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