Balloon Crash: Switzerland Vacation for Pepperdine U Founders Turns Deadly

Image: Balloon Crash: Switzerland Vacation for Pepperdine U Founders Turns Deadly Grant Adamson

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 02:10 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A hot air balloon crash in Switzerland on Tuesday killed the head of the Malibu family that helped found Pepperdine University.

The so-called "royal family" of Malibu was having fun on vacation this week when their hot air balloon crashed into an electrical power line and fell more than 160 feet, landing near Montbovon, Switzerland.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

Grant Adamson, 55, died in the crash. His wife Terry, also 55, and their two daughters, ages 20 and 24, suffered life-threatening injuries and remain in critical condition, according to NBC Los Angeles.

"I could've only imagined that he probably did everything he could to shield his wife and daughters from the fall," Shelley Ross Saxer, vice dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, told NBC.

The Adamsons became one of Pepperdine's founding families in the 1970s after donating the land on which Pepperdine University sits today. Terry Adamson is a law professor at the school, and both daughters are Pepperdine students.

"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," read a message posted on the school’s Facebook page Tuesday evening.

It continued: "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."

The Adamson daughters both underwent surgery and are expected to recover. The condition of their mother is unclear, but she is reportedly on a ventilator.

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

Related stories:

Five Rescued, 2 Missing in Balloon Crash Off Peruvian Coast

19 Tourists Killed in Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash

NM Boy, 9, Preps for Solo Flight in Balloon  

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Tapeworm in Brain of Man for 4 Years Removed by Surgeons

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:33 PM

A tapeworm that not only lived in a man's brain for four years but traveled from one side of the brain to the other has  . . .

Window Washer's 11-Story Fall Ends Atop Car - He Survived!

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:14 PM

A window washer survived with critical injuries after falling 11 stories from the roof of a San Francisco bank building  . . .

Georgia O'Keefe $44 Million Painting Most for Woman Artist

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 16:49 PM

A new world auction record for women artists was set when a painting by late American artist Georgia O'Keeffe sold for m . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved