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2021 Albuquerque hot air balloon crash

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2021 Albuquerque hot air balloon crash
N158NM Cameron O-120 at Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 4, 2014.jpg
N158NM, the balloon involved in the accident, in 2014
DateJune 26, 2021 (2021-06-26)
SummaryCollision with power lines
SiteAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Aircraft typeCameron O-120
OperatorSventato LLC
Flight originAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States
DestinationAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States

On June 26, 2021, a hot-air balloon crashed in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard after it collided with a power line, killing five people.[1]


The balloon was carrying three men (including the pilot) and two women. Shortly after 07:00 MDT the balloon made contact with a power line, causing the basket to detach from the balloon and fall about 100 feet (30 meters) before crashing into the ground and catching fire. All five people on board died as a result of the accident. The accident also caused a power outage for over 13,000 people in the area.[2]


The Federal Aviation Administration said the basket fell 30 metres before exploding in the street.[3]

See also[edit]

  • List of ballooning accidents


  1. Krajewski, Maggie (2021-06-26). "APD identifies 2 of 5 victims killed in Albuquerque hot air balloon crash". KOAT. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  2. "Hot air balloon crash kills five in Albuquerque, New Mexico". BBC News. 2021-06-27. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  3. "Five dead in New Mexico hot air balloon crash". Reuters. 2021-06-26. Retrieved 2021-06-27.

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