Moment hot air balloon packed with tourists crashes and wrecks landmark

Shocking footage captured the moment a hot air balloon full of tourists crashed into a historic museum in Italy.

The balloon ride lost control and descended to the ground as it knocked a stone column off the roof near the Voltiano Temple in Como on Monday morning.

The video showed the balloon crash shortly after it took off which damaged the 94-year-old landmark in the process, before plunging to the ground.

Moments after liftoff, the ride could be seen heading sideways into some trees before it barged through the foliage – knocking branches and leaves to the floor.

It appears the balloon didn't achieve enough height when it first took off, barely being able to reach past the top of the trees.

The balloon's basket then swings as it smacked into the 94-year-old landmark and caused the ruined column to fall around five metres as it landed in front of the stairway at the entrance, reports Daily Mail.

It's believed nobody was injured in the incident.

Firefighters were scrambled to the scene and managed to secure the area of the temple landmark.

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Authorities are currently assessing the damage to the precious landmark.

The Fire Brigade posted on Twitter: "To safeguard the artistic Italian heritage, from 8.30 am the fire brigade attended the Voltiano Temple in Como to secure a column frieze and some tiles torn up by a hot air balloon on October 11th."

The historic temple was designed by Federico Frigerio and completed in 1927 – it honours one of Como's most influential past residents, late Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta.

He lived from 1745 to 1827 and is known for his creation of the electric battery and discovering methane. He also appeared on the old 10 thousand lire banknotes.

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