Autopsy shows balloonist died of neck injury

Updated: 06/17/2014 5:07 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 4:51 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

More details have emerged about the Albuquerque balloon pilot who died over the weekend near Philadelphia.

Investigators say Jeff Hooten fell out of his basket Sunday while reaching for a rope to deflate the balloon and was dragged after getting stuck between the basket and the ground.

An autopsy report revealed the 47-year-old died of an accidental neck injury, and not a heart attack as previously suspected. 

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