At least four people were killed and one seriously injured in a hot-air balloon crash in New Mexico
At least four people were killed and one seriously injured after flying to a power line in a hot-air balloon crash in New Mexico, officials said.
The aircraft landed on a street corner in the West Side district of Albuquerque around 7 am on Saturday, about 6 miles from Albuquerque International Airport.
It is believed that the balloon was blown into the power line by the wind and ignited, separating the basket and the balloon.
The basket then plunged to the ground landing near the local CVS pharmacy.
At that time, five people were flying in the cabin. Four people, including the pilot, died, and the fifth was in crisis at the hospital.
All victims were between the ages of 40 and 60.
Their identities have not been disclosed, but no injuries have been reported on the ground, confirming that they were all flying on board at the time.
At least four people were killed and one seriously injured in a hot-air balloon crash after a hot-air balloon jumped into a power line in New Mexico, officials said.
Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Galegos said at a news conference that colorful balloons covered the top of the power lines around 7 am.
Witnesses said the basket was on fire when the basket crashed on the street and several bystanders were in a hurry to put out the fire, KOAT reported.
The balloon was later discovered in the backyard of the house, about a mile away.
“Unfortunately, four people were killed in the injury caused by the crash of a hot-air balloon,” police said.
“One more person was taken to a local hospital and is currently in crisis and instability.”
“It’s not clear why the balloon hit the power lines,” Galegos said, but “sometimes there are winds and things that make it difficult for the balloon to navigate.”
“Our balunists tend to be navigating experts, but such tragic accidents can happen,” he said.
The clash also left one of the lines hanging, cutting off power to more than 13,000 homes in the area.
The crew was seen working to fix the down line and restore power as soon as possible.
The Albuquerque police, FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the case.
Paramedics at the scene of a hot-air balloon crash on Saturday in New Mexico
Crew repairs power lines after at least four people were killed in a Saturday crash