11 injured in New Zealand hot air balloon crash

Eleven people were injured after a hot air balloon crashed in a New Zealand town on Friday morning.

The incident occurred in Arrowtown, a popular tourist destination in the country's South Island, according to police officials.

Police said two were seriously harmed and were transported by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital, on the eastern coast of the island.

The other nine suffered bruises.

It was initially believed that the balloon had crashed into a house.

Officials however later clarified that it landed in an empty farm - where it was supposed to land.

Jim Boult, the Mayor of the Queenstown-Lakes district, had reportedly told local media that it wasn't an emergency landing, but that the landing itself went wrong.

Emergency services are still responding to the incident.

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