US: 1 killed, 2 injured in hot air balloon crash

April 14, 2007 07:34


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A Canadian woman was killed and two others were injured when a hot air balloon struck power lines and crashed in the Southern California desert amid strong winds, authorities said. The balloon took off with calm winds on Friday morning, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration. About 30 minutes later, winds picked up and the pilot lost control, Kenitzer said. After crashing into nearby power lines, the balloon landed hard near the town of Mecca, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Indio, Kenitzer said. A woman was ejected, said Capt. Casey Hartman of the Riverside County Fire Department. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

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