Saturday, January 7, 2012

Five couples and pilot dead as hot air balloon crashes in New Zealand

[ via Mail Online ] 7 Jan

New Zealand Police said five couples and the pilot were killed when the hot air balloon crashed near Wellington in an area that is popular with overseas tourists.

On the other hand British authorities are investigating whether any UK tourists were on board a hot air balloon which crashed in flames in New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.

Local Mayor Ron Mark said those on board were a mix of local people and tourists. Early reports suggested a fire had started in the basket, causing the canopy to ignite, resulting in the apparatus plunging to the ground in flames, giving no hope for those on board.

One witness said that amid screams from those in the basket, two of the passengers had jumped out to avoid the flames as it plunged.

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