Hot-air balloon crash kills five people in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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It is believed that the balloon hit the power line before it hit the ground.

Five people were killed early Saturday morning after a hot-air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

According to city police, the basket on which the passengers were riding was removed from the balloon and crashed.

Twitter witnesses explained that they saw the balloon fall to the ground in a fully contracted state.

The incident cut off electricity for more than 13,000 people in the area.

According to police spokesman Gilbert Galegos, the balloon crashed into a power line shortly after 07:00 (13:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Two men, including a pilot and two women, died in a crash. The fifth passenger was taken to the hospital in a serious condition, but later died of an injury.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the basket had fallen about 100 feet (30 meters) and crashed on the street before the fire broke out. The balloon floated up before resting elsewhere.

Joshua Perez was in the area when he heard the crash. He rushed to the scene with another man and helped turn off the propane tank.Perez told KOB4 News Things in the basket are not moving..

“It’s painful to see the balloon go down like this,” he said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The most deadly balloon crash in the United States 16 people died in Texas in 2016.. As a result, FAA has taken steps to increase the safety of hot-air balloon tourism.

Other fatal hot-air balloon accidents

  • February 2013: Hot-air balloon ignites and crashes In Luxor, Egypt Killed 19 foreign tourists

  • January 2012: A hot-air balloon hits a power line and explodes Near Carterton, New Zealand, Before hitting the ground-all 11 people on board will be killed

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