Disturbing videos show the hot air balloon crash in New Mexico that killed five people

  • A hot air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday morning.
  • Disturbing videos show the moment the balloon began plummeting to the ground.
  • The basket fell about 100ft and crashed on a street before catching fire, according to police.
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Disturbing videos have emerged of the hot air balloon crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that killed five people and left around 13,000 residents in the area powerless.

The crash happened on Saturday morning after the balloon hit a power line, according to Albuquerque Police Department.

Two men, including the pilot and two women, died in the crash. A fifth passenger later died of his injuries in hospital.

A video of the incident, shared on YouTube by user Jesus Villanueva, shows the balloon plummeting to the ground.


Video: 3 injured in hot air balloon crash (ABC News)

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Another video, shared by KRQE meteorologist Grant Tosterud, also shows the balloon free-falling.

The basket, carrying the passengers, appears to have detached from the balloon prior to the recordings, according to TMZ.

The basket fell about 100ft and crashed on a street before catching fire, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The balloon floated off before landing in someone’s backyard.

There will be an investigation into the cause of the crash conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, police said on Twitter.

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