5 Die in Hot Air Balloon Crash in New Mexico’s Largest City

Fire officials said three men, including the pilot, and two females died in the Albuquerque incident.

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Five people died after a hot air balloon they were riding in hit power lines in New Mexico’s largest city and the gondola crashed to the ground, police said Saturday. The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Albuquerque’s west side, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said. No identities have been released but fire officials said three men, including the pilot, and two females died. Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene, and the fifth…

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