Tourists who enjoyed a hot air balloon ride in Italy were miraculously unharmed after their ride crashed into a popular museum that caused their balloon to drop
Shocking footage captured the moment when a hot air balloon full of tourists crashed into a historical museum in Italy.
The balloon flight lost control and sank to the ground when it knocked a stone pillar from the roof near the Voltiano Temple in Como on Monday morning.
The video showed the balloon crash shortly after take-off, damaging the 94-year-old landmark before it fell to the ground.
Shortly after take off, you could see the drive going sideways into some trees before storming through the foliage and knocking branches and leaves to the ground.
It appears that when the balloon was first lifted off, it did not reach enough height and barely rose above the treetops.
The basket of the balloon then swings when it hits the 94-year-old landmark and drops the destroyed column around five meters when landing in front of the stairs at the entrance, reports Daily Mail.
It is believed that no one was injured in the incident.
The firefighters were brought to the scene and managed to secure the area of the temple’s landmark.
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The authorities are currently assessing the damage to the valuable landmark.
The fire brigade posted on Twitter: “To protect the artistic Italian heritage, the fire brigade visited the Voltiano Temple in Como from 8.30 a.m. to secure a column frieze and some tiles that were torn open by a hot air balloon on October 11th.”
The historic temple was designed by Federico Frigerio and completed in 1927 – it honors one of the most influential former residents of Como, the late Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta.
He lived from 1745 to 1827 and is best known for his invention of the electric battery and the discovery of methane. It also appeared on the old 10 thousand lire banknotes.