Hot air balloon crashes in Sedona

Deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a hot air balloon accident on Saturday.

At about 8:30 a.m. two balloons went down around Boyington Canyon Road near Enchantment Resort.

According to YCSO, three hot air balloons from the Northern Light Balloon Co. had been carrying passengers and were all attempting to land. Due to windy conditions two of the balloons landed hard. The third balloon, piloted by Lorin Schwartz of Cottonwood, was blown into a tree. A branch from the tree entered the basket, injuring passenger Ranni Aggarwall, 53, of Irvine, Calif.

Aggarwall was most seriously injured. She was taken by air to Flagstaff Medical Center.

The Sedona Fire Department also responded to the incident, hiking to get to the area where the balloon was located.

According to the fire department a representative of Northern Light Balloon Co. said the balloon appeared to have been forced down by the wind.

According to YCSO, the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board for follow-up.

Police deal with suicidal man

Cottonwood police responded Sunday night to a report of a suicidal man inside his apartment on Main Street.

According to police, contact was made with a 44-year-old man at about 11:30 p.m. The man stated he was going to kill himself with his .22 caliber rifle, the report stated. He also allegedly said that he would shoot anyone who entered his apartment.

After some time the man was convinced to surrender the gun and open his door.

Officers were able to enter and take him into custody. The man was then transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment.


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