October 16, 2021

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Warm-air balloon crash in Albuquerque kills 5, which includes ex-cop

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5 men and women were being killed when a warm-air balloon crashed into a energy line in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday early morning — such as the mother and father of a police officer, according to a report.

“This is tragedy which is uniquely felt in Albuquerque,” Mayor Tim Keller claimed in a information meeting Saturday afternoon.

The city offers a vibrant ballooning tradition and hosts the Albuquerque Worldwide Balloon Fiesta each calendar year.

Martin Martinez, 59, and Mary Martinez, 62, the mother and father of an Albuquerque Police Division prison transport officer, ended up among the the victims, officials reported. Martin Martinez also is a former APD officer.

The passenger basket detached from the balloon and plummeted to the floor, Albuquerque police reported.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue crews work on victims of the fatal balloon crash.
Albuquerque Hearth Rescue crews operate on victims of the lethal balloon crash.
Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP
A hot-air balloon envelope falls from the sky near Unser and Central SW in Albuquerque, N.M.
The moms and dads of an Albuquerque Law enforcement Office jail transportation officer were killed in the tragedy.
Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal by means of AP
Pilot Ursula Richards, left, comforts fellow pilot Buzz Biernacki at the scene of the fatal hot-air balloon crash.
Pilot Ursula Richards, still left, comforts fellow pilot Excitement Biernacki at the scene of the deadly very hot-air balloon crash.
dolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal by means of AP

The names of the other victims were being not unveiled.

“To see a balloon go down like this, it is heart-breaking,” witness Joshua Perez told KOB 4 Television set.

Other witnesses noted on social media viewing the deflated balloon drop to the floor. It crashed into the property of a nearby home.

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken more than the investigation, and said the basket fell about 100 ft before crashing on to a street and catching fireplace.

Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller, second from left, is briefed by officials
Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller, next from still left, is briefed by officers.
Andres Leighton/AP
Deflated hot air balloon falls from the sky in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. June 26, 2021.
The basket attached to the ballon arrived off and fell toward the floor.
Gelacio Ramirez via Reuters
The basket of the fatal balloon crash is seen lying on the pavement as police officers inspect the area in Albuquerque, N.M.
The FAA said the basket fell about 100 feet and then caught on fireplace.
Andres Leighton/AP

“We know from practical experience below in Albuquerque that from time to time winds kick up or matters occur that make it hard for balloons to navigate,” law enforcement spokesman Gilbert Gallegos informed reporters. “We’re not absolutely sure the cause of this at this point. Obviously, the FAA will look into this and ascertain what the result in was.”

About 13,000 shoppers misplaced electric power because of the crash, in accordance to electric power service provider PNM, but ability was restored by Saturday afternoon.

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