Pilot escapes after hot-air balloon crash in Howell

Associated Press

Howell – A hot-air balloon pilot escaped injury after his balloon struck power lines and fell into a Howell lake.

WXYZ-TV reports the man was rescued Sunday morning by fishermen on Thompson Lake around Howell. The pilot was taken to rescue crews at the shore.

Dave Park, who was fishing on the lake, tells the station the basket and balloon were on fire after hitting the wires.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash. Officials with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest say it’s being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The festival is held annually in the area.