Four people have died and one is in crisis after a hot-air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque on Saturday morning.
A hot-air balloon carrying five people collided with a power line about six miles west of Albuquerque International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration investigating the collision. The balloon basket ignited after colliding with the median of a busy street.
The crash caused a power outage in the area, According to a tweet from the Albuquerque police. Police spokesperson Gilbert Galegos said colorful balloons covered the tops of power lines, powering more than 13,000 homes.
New Mexico Police spokesman Dusty Francisco told USA Today today. After the crash, traffic in the area was cut off. According to a tweet from the police.
Francisco said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified that they were taking over the investigation into the cause of the crash while assisted by New Mexico police.
Albuquerque is the center of hot-air balloons in the United States, with a nine-day event in October that attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. Accidents are rare, but they can happen, Galegos said.
“Our balunists tend to be navigating experts, but such tragic accidents can happen,” he said.
Contribution: Associated Press
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A hot-air balloon collides with an Albuquerque power line.Multiple dead
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