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FAA investigating hot air balloon crash in Indiana that injured three – Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana | Indiana traffic

(CNN) — Two passengers and a pilot were injured Sunday after a hot air balloon struck power lines in Indiana. The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the incident.

The crash occurred in Lowell, Indiana, about an hour south of Chicago.

The balloon envelope — the part of the plane most people call the balloon — and the basket were found in a field, still attached, with the three people inside, the Lowell Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

“There was evidence on the passenger basket that electrical current traveled from the power lines to the basket and injured the three people in the basket,” the fire department wrote.

The passengers’ burns were so severe that two medical helicopters were used to take them to hospitals in Illinois: one was sent to Loyola Hospital and the other to the University of Chicago. The pilot was taken by ambulance to Franciscan Hospital in Crown Point, Indiana.

Local authorities called the National Transportation Safety Board’s Response Operations Center, which told responders how to secure the crash site and appointed an FAA investigation officer.

“The FAA will investigate the crash site and damage to the balloon enclosure and basket,” the fire department said.