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4 dead, 1 in critical condition after hot-air balloon crash in New Mexico


Five people are dead after a hot-air balloon crashed Saturday morning in Albuquerque, N.M., police said.

Four died at the scene and one man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, police said. Officials announced Saturday afternoon that the man died of his injuries.

The Albuquerque Police Department tweeted that the balloon appeared to have hit a power line.

The initial four deceased appeared to range in age from 40 to 60, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said at a Saturday morning news conference, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The age of the man who died at the hospital and the identities of any victims have not been released.

Gallegos said the balloon's pilot was among those killed in the crash.

PNM, an electricity provider, tweeted that the crash caused power outages for more than 13,000 customers in the area.

 

Officials said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation of the incident.

Published : June 26, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Caroline Anders