DAVIS, Calif. — A woman died and two people were injured Monday when a hot-air balloon landed hard and bounced some of its passengers out into a field, officials said.
A 27-year-old woman died when she fell out of the balloon's basket face down into the field, according to spokesman Bob Barbarick of the Napa-based Balloons Above the Valley.
She was identified by the Yolo County coroner as Caroline Kinnear of Dallas.
Two other passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a Davis hospital for treatment, paramedics said.
The balloon took off from Yolo County Airport about 7 a.m. for a champagne tour, Barbarick said. It had traveled about a dozen miles and was making a scheduled landing in a field when the accident occurred about 9 a.m. not far from the Yolo-Solano county line.
"She [the pilot] was trying to land here, because it's a huge open field and there are no lines here or anything to obstruct the landing," Barbarick said.