FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
N64914 AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL S-60A HOT AIR BALLOON, ON LANDING, STRUCK POWERLINES, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO.
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Model: S60A
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
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.
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