PHOENIX — A hot-air balloon spilled sightseeing passengers as it bounced along a busy highway for miles Friday after its pilot fell out. Thirteen of the 14 people aboard were injured.
The pilot, Jeffrey Sherman, toppled out of the balloon's basket when it struck a concrete wall as he tried to land, said Lyle Alexander of the Federal Aviation Administration.
One passenger grabbed the controls and some of the other passengers jumped out before the balloon veered off, bouncing over power lines and subdivisions before finally coming to a rest when the balloon deflated a few miles away.
Witness Bill Francis told radio station KTAR that he saw the balloon "kind of skipping across" the ground and some passengers falling out along the way.