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Balloon Pilot in Deadly Crash Had 4 DWI Convictions

Skip Nichols wouldn't have been allowed to fly a plane

(Newser) - If Alfred "Skip" Nichols had been a commercial airplane pilot, he probably would have been grounded long ago. Nichols, the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed over the weekend in Texas , killing 16, was able to keep flying despite having at least four convictions for drunk driving... More »

Newlyweds Among Dead in Worst US Balloon Crash

Pilot was arrested for DUI in 2000

(Newser) - Authorities have confirmed that 15 passengers and the pilot died Saturday in what is believed to be the deadliest hot air balloon crash in American history. The victims of the crash near Lockhart in central Texas include newlyweds Matt and Sunday Rowan, who were married just six months ago, People... More »

Hot Air Balloon Likely Hit Power Lines, Went 'Pop, Pop, Pop'

16 believed dead in what is likely deadliest such incident in American history

(Newser) - The hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed Saturday in Texas likely hit a power line in what appears to be the worst such disaster in American history, reports CNN . Officials aren't yet confirming the number of dead, reports the AP , though an FAA rep says that at... More »

16 Killed in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

The balloon caught fire and crashed into a Texas pasture

(Newser) - A hot air balloon has crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people aboard, NBC News reports. According to the ABC News , a fire started in the basket of the hot air balloon before the balloon crashed into a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday morning. The site of the crash... More »

Extreme Athlete Dies Setting Up Hot Air Balloon Stunt

Tancrede Melet, 32, was 'at arm's length' from the basket when he fell 100 feet

(Newser) - A French extreme sportsman described by the Inertia as an "inspiration to the working man" has died at the age of 32 after a hot air balloon stunt backfired, ABC News reports. Tancrede Melet, part of a daredevil group known as the Flying Frenchies , was setting up the stunt... More »

Record-Breaking Balloon Flight Ends in Mexico

Two Eagle pilots broke distance record by some 1.4K miles

(Newser) - Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option." The accomplished pilot and co-pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia flew farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history during a... More »

2 Men Ballooning Over Pacific Set Record

'Two Eagles' now on course to break duration record

(Newser) - Two balloonists who took off from Japan early on Sunday have sailed past the world distance record and are still in the sky. American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev— the "Two Eagles"—passed the old record of 5,261 miles yesterday and are due to pass the... More »

Balloonists Launch Japan-to-America Odyssey

The American and Russian pilots hope the journey will take just over 5 days

(Newser) - Riding in a 140-foot tall balloon filled with 350,000 cubic feet of gas, an American and a Russian have set off from Japan in the hopes of setting two balloon ride records at once. First, Troy Bradley, 50, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, 58, hope to reach North America and break... More »

Hot Air Balloon Proposal Goes Quite Awry

Balloon ends up in the ocean

(Newser) - A romantic ride in a hot air balloon turned into a rescue operation, with lifeguards and surfers saving three people after the basket dipped into the ocean off a Southern California beach. A man was proposing to his girlfriend during their sunset ride yesterday when the balloon drifted off course... More »

3rd Body Found After Virginia Balloon Crash

University basketball official's body had been missing

(Newser) - Virginia state police say they've found the body of the third passenger of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames, and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond. A spokeswoman said searchers found the body this morning. Police... More »

School Basketball Official Was in Balloon Crash

Natalie Lewis' body hasn't been found yet: family spokeswoman

(Newser) - A family spokeswoman says a University of Richmond women's basketball team staff member was one of two passengers on a hot-air balloon that crashed in Virginia . Family spokeswoman Julie Snyder told the AP today that Natalie Lewis' body has not been found. The remains of the pilot and the... More »

2 Dead, 1 Missing After Hot-Air Balloon Crash

Balloon hit utility wire on descent and burst into flames

(Newser) - A hot-air balloon ride went horribly wrong in rural Virginia yesterday, and three people are feared dead. State Police say the balloon struck a power line as it was descending and burst into flames, with the gondola separating from the balloon itself, reports WWBT . A pilot and two passengers were... More »

Hot Air Balloons Collide in Mid-Air

2 tourists dead in Turkey accident

(Newser) - Two hot air balloons collided in mid-air during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey and crashed to the ground today, killing two Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board. The accident occurred above central Turkey's Cappadocia region, when an ascending balloon struck another balloon'... More »

2 Still Missing After Balloon Crashes Into Pacific

5 women rescued off Peru coast

(Newser) - A hot-air tourist balloon carrying seven people in Peru fell into the Pacific Ocean yesterday, and authorities say they have rescued five women while the craft's pilot and another man remain missing. An official says none of the people on the flight were wearing life jackets. Members of the... More »

Balloon Ride Turned Deadly Just Seconds From Landing

Disaster believed to be deadliest balloon crash in history

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities have ordered all hot-air balloons grounded while the crash that killed 19 tourists in Luxor yesterday is investigated. The ban came as more details emerged about the crash that is believed to be the deadliest in ballooning history, the BBC reports. Witnesses say the balloon was seconds from... More »

19 Tourists Killed After Balloon Plunges 1K Feet

Tourists from Britain, France, Hong Kong killed in Egypt crash

(Newser) - A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field early today, killing at least 19 foreign tourists, a security official says. The casualties included French, British, and Japanese nationals, as well as nine tourists from Hong Kong. Three... More »

Wedding Party Survives Balloon Crash

It crash-landed moments after vows

(Newser) - A couple in San Diego almost had one of the shortest weddings on record after taking their vows in a hot air balloon that crash-landed soon afterward. The balloon, with the couple and 11 others on board, missed its landing spot and almost clipped a power line before the basket... More »

Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 11

Disaster strikes in New Zealand

(Newser) - A hot air balloon crashed and killed all 11 people aboard near a rural New Zealand town about 90 miles north of the capital of Wellington, officials said. Witnesses told local media of seeing 30-foot-high flames rising from the balloon's basket before it plummeted to the ground. Police don'... More »

Missing US Balloonists Found Dead

Fishing boat finds remains in Adriatic Sea

(Newser) - An Italian fishing boat has found the remains of two American balloonists who vanished during a cross-Europe race two months ago. Veteran balloonists Richard Abruzzo, 47, and Carol Rymer Davis, 65, were still inside the balloon's gondola when it was hauled out of the Adriatic Sea, AP reports. Contact with... More »

Thanks for the Ride, Falcon

(Newser) - Just about everyone seems to hate Richard Heene, but the emotion just proves how powerfully the balloon boy hoax gripped our collective imagination. “Had Richard called 911 and reported that he’d last seen his son near a Greyhound bus station, almost nobody would have cared,” writes Brandon... More »

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