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Two Badly Burned As Festival Balloon Crashes
Two men taking part in a hot air balloon festival suffered severe burns when the craft they were in crashed into powerlines.
The balloon hit electricity cables while taking part in the opening event of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
The fiesta is the world's largest hot air ballooning festival and started on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses saw flames erupt from the basket as the craft crashed, caught fire and then fell 40ft to the ground.
Pilot Mark Kilgore, 59, with his crew member Daniel Lovato had been attempting to land at the time of the accident.
Both were taken to hospital in Albuquerque where Mr Lovato underwent surgery for burns to his face, chest and arms.
He was kept in hospital and his condition is unknown. Mr Kilgore was later released.
A passenger who tried to free the burning gondola from the cables received an electric shock but did not require hospital treatment.
The accident happened during the opening event, a mass ascension during which hundreds of craft rise into the air in waves.
More than 550 hot air balloons took part in the event, the first of many lift-offs during the week-long festival.
The annual event, which has been running for 42 years, has grown to become the biggest event of its type on the planet.