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At least 2 balloons have rough landings on Saturday

At least 2 balloons have rough landings on Saturday

KOB.com Web Staff
October 14, 2018 06:43 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – What goes up must come down, but when it comes to hot air balloons in a metropolitan area, the landing spot isn't always the pilots' first choice.

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In Sandoval County on Saturday, the fire department responded to a crash near the Santa Ana Pueblo. Fire Chief James Maxon told KOB the balloon was safely on the ground when wind picked it up, dragged it down a drainage ditch, then up into a tree.

One person had minor injuries as a result.

And, in Bernalillo, houses went dark for more than 1,300 people after a hot air balloon indirectly made contact with a powerline. The balloon made contact with a tree, and a branch from that tree hit the line near Calle Madera and Avenida Bernalillo. The balloon eventually landed safely.

No one was injured in that incident, and PNM quickly restored power to the affected residences.

A previous version of this story showed balloon, banner number 544, near the power lines. That balloon was not involved in the accident. 

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