At Large In Hot Air Balloon News
posted by October 10 at 17:42 PMon
The AP reports:
BERNALILLO, N.M. — A hot air balloon crashed into power lines and burst into flames Friday during Albuquerque’s annual balloon fiesta, throwing both men on board to the ground and killing one of them.
According to the local NBC affiliate KOB 4:
Friday’s fatal balloon accident is not the first for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which began in 1972… During the 1998 fiesta, a woman was killed when a balloon plowed into power lines, two men died in 1993 when their balloon hit power lines, and two men died during the 1990 fiesta when their balloon crashed into power lines.
KOB 4 also has photos of the incident on their site taken by witnesses Mike and Shaunie Briggs of Winters, California—including this one, the most ghastly/striking/artful thing I’ve seen all day, in part because it makes whimsy (the balloon in the distance covered in sea creatures) look evil (never trust whimsy):
Jesus Christ. Condolences to all, and nice photo, Mike and Shaunie.