BREAKING: At Least 5 DEAD In Complete FREAK Accident

DINO PORRAZZO at AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS

This is a terrible story out of Albuquerque, New Mexico which involves what should have been a fun day but ended in a complete catastrophe. So sad.

Imagine waking up and looking forward to a hot-air balloon ride.

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Sounds like fun (not sure I would do it -I prefer my feet remaining on the ground) but the fun ended up being an extremely catastrophic event.

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From Fox News:

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Five people died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday morning when a hot air balloon crashed into a power line, cutting off the envelope and sending the basket cascading to the ground. 

Four victims died at the scene and another individual was transported to a local hospital in critical but unstable condition, where he was pronounced dead around 3:00 p.m., Albuquerque police said. All of the deceased were middle-aged. 

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Among the victims were former Albuquerque Police Department officer 59-year-old Martin Martinez and his wife, 62-year-old Mary Martinez. The couple’s son currently works as a prison transport officer in Albuquerque. 

The three other victims have not been identified yet as authorities work to notify next of kin. 

“If you have ballooned, there are always things that can happen, whether it’s winds, whether it’s equipment,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. “It’s something that our pilots always train for, but it’s always something that, it can inherently sometimes occur.”

ABC reports that the basket fell about 100 feet, Albuquerque Fire Rescue told ABC News Albuquerque affiliate KOAT.

The envelope kept going and authorities said they located it a little over a mile south of the crash site. Aerial and ground images from the scene suggest it landed in a backyard.

“The balloon just fell off, you guys. Hit an electrical pole,” an astonished witness, Josh Perez, said during a Facebook Live video he recorded near the crash site. “Oh my God, this is sad.”

Police believe the victims’ age ranges are 40s to 60s. Four people — two men, including the pilot, and two women — were reported dead following the crash. Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that a man who was transported to a hospital in critical condition also died.

“Our prayers go out to the friends and family of all five people who tragically lost their lives,” the Albuquerque Police Department said on social media.

The hot air balloon’s basket crashed down near a busy intersection in the northwestern portion of the city.

“There were a number of citizens, residents of Albuquerque who ran into a very difficult scene, including an individual with a fire extinguisher, and they just tried to do what they could,” Keller said.

We send our deepest condolences out to the family and friends of those involved.

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