06 Jan '12, 9pm

11 dead in New Zealand hot air balloon crash

11 dead in New Zealand hot air balloon crash

WELLINGTON: All 11 people on board a hot air balloon were killed after it burst into flames and crashed in New Zealand on Saturday, police said. The balloon went down in fine weather near Carterton, a small town just north of the capital Wellington and a popular area for hot air ballooning. "It appears a fire has ignited on board, causing the hot air balloon to crash in farmland. Sadly, the pilot and 10 passengers onboard have not survived," Wellington district police commander Mike Rusbatch said. "This is an absolutely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased." One witness, David McKinlay, told reporters he looked up to see one side of the basket on fire and "all of a sudden there was just 10 metres of flames". "It was like a rocket coming down; it was just unbelievable," he said. McKinlay, who alerted the emergency services, said the balloon...

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