In the United States, a large tourist hot air balloon tripped over a power line and fell, killing five people.
According to the Associated Press and NBC News on the 26th (local time), a large hot air balloon while flying over Albuquerque, New Mexico, caught on a power line and crashed at around 7 am on the same day.
Four passengers aboard the hot air balloon died at the scene, and one died while receiving treatment at the hospital. According to local authorities, three of the five deaths, including the hot air balloon pilot, are men and two are women. Police estimate the age of the victims to be in their 40s to 60s.
Witnesses said they heard a ‘bang’ while being nearby and saw a hot air balloon crashing after it crashed into a power line. Another eyewitness said on a social networking service (SNS) that he saw a hot air balloon falling from the sky without a passenger compartment.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a hot air balloon gondola fell from a height of 30 meters and caused the fire. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the fall.
In the accident that day, power was temporarily cut off to more than 13,000 households in nearby areas.
The Associated Press reported that Albuquerque is a hot-air ballooning attraction, and in the fall there are events that draw hundreds of thousands of spectators and pilots from around the world.
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