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Five people have been killed in a hot air balloon crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city’s police department has confirmed.
Police said the basket detached from the balloon and crashed early on Saturday morning (26 June), in turn cutting off power to more than 13,000 people in the area.
Witnesses on social media described seeing the hot air balloon falling from the sky without its basket after losing power, with one person tweeting a video of what they saw from their window. “Power went out first,” they wrote. “Looked out my window saw it falling with no basket. Horrible.”
Albuquerque Police confirmed on Twitter that its officers were responding to ‘a hot air balloon crash in the area of Central Ave and Unser Blvd where a balloon appears to have hit a power line’.
Police said power was out in the area as a result of the crash, before adding in a later update that four people had died.
A statement said: “Unfortunately, 4 individuals died as a result of their wounds from the hot air balloon crash. One additional individual was transported to a local hospital and is currently in a critical and unstable condition. @PNMtalk is on the scene as power is still out in the area.”