I am friends on FB with one of the Albuquerque ballooners so I got to see all the pix...over 500 balloons...all open air no obstructions...it was absolutely breathtaking!!!...yay!!! glad you got a getaway coming up!!! you REALLY deserve it...=)
Two hurt in hot air balloon accident at Albuquerque festival
October 10, 2013 3:40 PM
By Zelie Pollon
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Two passengers taking part in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta were injured when their multicolored hot air balloon hit an electrical wire and plunged 40 feet to the ground, an official said on Thursday.
Witnesses to Wednesday's accident told local news stations the hot air balloon got tangled in electrical wires. "The balloon called New Mexico Sunrise struck power lines and set off a series of events that resulted in the balloon dropping more than 40 feet to the ground," said Tom Garrity, president of The Garrity Group and head of media relations for the Fiesta.
Both occupants were transported to University of New Mexico Hospital.
Pilot Mark Kilgore, 59, and passenger, Danny Lovato, 66, were taken to the hospital with severe burns. Hospital officials said Lovato remained in critical condition on Thursday.