Hot air balloon crash kills four in Albuquerque, New Mexico
21:35, Saturday, 26 June, 2021
Four people have been killed and one more is in a critical condition after a hot air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The basket the passengers were riding in detached from the balloon and crashed, according to the city's police department. Witnesses on Twitter described seeing the balloon fall to the ground in a completely deflated state. The incident cut off power to more than 13,000 people in the area. The balloon hit the power line just after 07:00 (13:00 GMT) on Saturday, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said. One of those killed is believed to be the pilot. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board.The deadliest balloon crash in the US killed 16 people in 2016 in Texas. It led the FAA to take steps to try to increase the safety of hot air balloon tourism.