5 Who Died in New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Crash Identified

All were Albuquerque residents.

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A bouquet of flowers from a mourner is placed near the basket of a hot air balloon which crashed in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, June 26, 2021. Police said the five occupants died after it crashed on the busy street. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities released the names of the pilot and two couples who died after a hot air balloon they were riding in struck a power line and crashed onto a busy street in Albuquerque. New Mexico State Police identified the pilot as 62-year-old Nicholas Meleski and the four passengers as Susan Montoya, 65; John Montoya, 61; Mary Martinez, 59; and Martin Martinez, 62. The ages of the Martinez couple were reversed when…

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