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.
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.
“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.