Aerostat Balloon Crashes into Neighborhood, Power Lines | News
On the afternoon of the 9th, one of Customs and Border Protection's surveillance balloons came crashing down in strong winds just south of Fort Huachuca.
Pieces of the aerostat, an anti-drug radar system, crashed in a populated neighborhood near Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive. Strong winds also sent the border surveillance balloon into power lines south of the Fort.
Pieces of the blimp have crashed within the county and city limits, according to Sierra Vista spokeswoman Katie Barron.
Message from Fort Huachuca spokesowman Angela Moncur:
"Fort Huachuca and City of Sierra Vista law enforcement personnel are working together to assess and mitigate the damage caused by the aerostat which broke its tether earlier today due to high winds and drifted into the Canyon de Flores neighborhood.
City residents who find pieces of the aircraft on their property should leave it alone and call the Fort's installation operation center at 533-2291 and provide an address or location. To report damage to personal property and to file a claim, residents should call the claims examiner at 533-0584.
An Air Force investigation team is on their way to the location to secure the site and begin the investigation process. We're asking for everyone's patience as we work through this and get more information."
According to CochiseTalk.com, there is a Severe Wind Advisory is in effect until at least 8pm for gusts around 50 mph.