Monday, October 3, 2016

Aerostar S60A, N64914: Accident occurred October 02, 2016 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

http://registry.faa.gov/N64914 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01


N64914 AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL S-60A HOT AIR BALLOON, ON LANDING, STRUCK POWERLINES, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO.


Date: 02-OCT-16

Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N64914
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Model: S60A
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: New Mexico 



In day two of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, two balloons hit power lines Sunday morning. One of them caused a small explosion.

The "Outlander" alien balloon struck the power lines near Paseo del Norte and Jefferson.  It caused flames to light up on impact.  That crash knocked out power to about 1,200 customers.

Fortunately, once the balloon hit, it immediately cut off the power.  The flames only caused a hole in the balloon.  Allen Escobar saw the whole thing.  He said PNM crews had to cut the basket from the balloon to get the people down.

"I thought it was just going to go up in flames, but it didn't.  Thank God," Escobar said.

Not too far away, another balloon slumped over power lines near Montano and Renaissance.  Balloon Fiesta officials say one person was injured in that incident as that passenger was getting out of the gondola.

Story and video:  http://www.kob.com

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