- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

AUGUSTA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say three people escaped injury when the hot air balloon they were in hit power lines while being forced to land in a central New York road.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says the balloon’s pilot and two passengers were flying over the rural town of Augusta on Monday evening when a mechanical failure forced the pilot to set it down short of their planned destination.

Deputies say the basket touched the ground safely but the balloon draped over power lines, causing an outage and damaging the balloon.

The balloon’s operator, Kimberly Field, owner of Royalty Ballooning in nearby Munnsville, and a central New York couple weren’t injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

All 16 people aboard a hot air balloon were killed July 30 when they hit power lines in Texas.

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