Balloon Crash In Switzerland Kills Malibu Royalty

A hot air balloon crash in Switzerland killed one man and critically injured three others earlier this week.

According to the LA Times, Grant Adamson, 55, died after his hot air balloon struck a power line and then fell 13 stories to the ground. His wife, Terry, and his two daughters, Megan and Lauren, were critically injured in the incident.

Megan and Lauren both underwent surgery on Tuesday and are expected to survive. Terry is still in the ICU with several internal injuries.

ABC reports that the Adamson family is one of California’s most prominent families. Malibu Mayor Joan House said: “If there were royalty in Malibu, it would be the Adamsons.”

Police are currently investigating what cause the hot air balloon crash in Switzerland. Authorities say that the sky was clear on the day of the accident.

The Grand Hotel, where the Adamson Family chartered the balloon, said in a statement: “We are doing all we can to support and assist the rescue crew and the investigators who are currently trying to determine the exact circumstances under which the accident took place.”

The 65-year-old balloon pilot was also injured in the crash.

Grant Adamson was on the advisory board at Pepperdine University where his wife Terry is a law professor.

The school wrote on its Facebook page: “The Pepperdine community is deeply saddened by the passing of Grant Adamson and by the injuries sustained by his wife Terry and daughters Lauren and Megan. The Adamsons are beloved, longtime members of the Pepperdine family: Grant was the founding member of Pepperdine’s Crest Advisory Board, Terry is Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the School of Law, Lauren is a second-year MBA student at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Megan is a junior at Seaver College. We hold each of them in our hearts during this tragic time and pray especially for their healing.”

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