Transcript for Two Suffer Serious Burns When Balloon Gets Tangled in Power Line
We're going to turn now to images sfreeming in from new mexico. A hot air balloon tangled in a power line, crashing to earth. Abc's cecilia vega has more on what eye witnesses saw and the real risk of those balloons. Reporter: Photos show the balloon flying dangerously low over this neighborhood nearal per kerr key. It becomes entangled in power lines, then the flames. At that point, there was a big old pop. Flame shoots out the side, you know? You can hear all this. The gondola went down. Reporter: Two men suffered serious brurns. Witnesses say they would hear the screams. Some used water bottles to douse the passengers and put out the fire. It is the second crash in three days at the world's largest balloon festival. A woman over the weekend, rushed away by paramedics after a crash landing. These scenes of peaceful beauty, marred by hard falls and sobering statistics. Since 2001, 19 people have died in hot air balloon crashes. Former faa safety inspector dominick camello has investigated hundreds of hot air balloon accidents. What's the biggest risk in flying a balloon? Power lines, by far. Reporter: It was a power line strike that called nfl veteran donte stallworth's balloon to come crashing down earlier this year, leaving him with serious burns. From an accident safety standpoint, balloons are ten times safer than airline travel. Reporter: A thing of beauty that comes with risk. Cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles.
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