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BALLOON WRECKS !!
January 12, 2002 -- started out uneventful as far as day for hot hair balloon rides. A great day for pictures as the hot air balloon rose into the cool winter morning.
My girlfriend and I went out for a hot air balloon ride. It was a fairly long ride, the pilot was looking for his chase (pickup) vehicle. Then the pilot "became unfocused" and the hot air balloon ride turned into a nightmare. The hot air balloon ride turned deadly when the pilot missed seeing a power line. The hot air balloon cut through a 7960 volt power line in the Texas countryside. Not a pretty sight for hot air balloon pictures! Fire and sparks were flying every direction!
My life almost ended there! The electrified metal of the hot air balloon sent 9000 volts through both sides of my head. This happened when the ground wire snaked into the hot air balloon basket with the speed of a lashing bullwhip! The hot air balloon ride turned into "death ride." The only thing that saved my life was the quick action of a Air Force Security Sergeant Brian Bozick who had been activated because of 9-11. He saw I had quit breathing. The hot air ballon pilot seemed "frozen" with fear. Although Brian had a big hole burned in his glove by the electricty, he verbally took over command of the hot air balloon and ordered the pilot to get the hot air balloon on the ground so he could administer emergency first aid to me. The hot air balloon basket hit a fence and crashed over sideways to the ground. The impact and Sergeant Bozick's action started me breathing again!
My Hot Air Balloon ride accident finished with an emergency helicopter ride to Brooke Army Medical Center Burn Unit, one of the finest in the nation. There I endured having my first, second and third degree burns painfully scrubbed to remove debris. For pictures of my burns and wounds which won't be very pleasant to see (See Photos). I'm told by my husband, the stench of burnt flesh, as I came out of the burn scrub room, will be forever embedded in his mind with pictures of hot air balloons and hot air balloon accidents.
My husband feels guilt ridden as he gave me the hot air balloon gift certificate to take the hot air balloon ride. I did not want to go on the ride because it was too cold. He had ridden hot air balloons many times and figured the worst could be the normal sprained ankle or at worst a broken wrist as the hot air balloon bounced to the ground. Was he wrong! This was a deadly hot air balloon ride!
u HOT AIR BALLON KILLS
WOMAN IN ALBUQUERQUE
October 2007 - The Hot Air Balloon, named “Heavenly Ride” proved true to it’s name when it killed Rosemary Wooley after hitting a power line. At 7:45 am the balloon hit a power line and “snagged” then bounced up over 70 feet (per police reports) and smashed poor Rosemary to the ground! Paramedics tried to help her but reports are that the fall killed her. The University of New Mexico Hospital pronounced her “dead” on arrival. Other injuries admitted were Sheryl Diaz, 60; Susan Simpson, 57; and Doris Currier, 52, all also from Oceanside — were admitted to University Hospital, he said. As usual the pilot sustained minor scratches that treated at the scene. Later the ALBUQUERQUE Balloon Fest Flights were halted for high winds Ed Note: Better late than never?
The following day, Rio Rancho police reported dozens of balloon crashes or hard landings after hundreds of balloons lifted off from the Albuquerque Fiesta site. A police dispatcher reported over the air that 5 or more balloons went down "hard" in Rio Rancho in a couple of hours. A police report indicated a pregnant woman in a balloon was evacuated to a hospital with premature contractions.
In the Albuquerque 1998 event, one woman was killed when a balloon crashed into a pair of power lines before falling 30 feet to the ground inside Kirtland Air Force Base on Albuquerque's south side.
In 1993 fiesta, two guys died when their balloon tagged high voltage power lines. This clipped off the passenger basket that then fell over 100 feet and killed them. In the Albuquerque 1990 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta two hot air balloon flyers were killed when their balloon burst into flames when it hit power lines.
Propane tanks on a huge balloon exploded in 1982 and killed four people. Balloonists, however, say such fatalities are rare and that their sport is not particularly dangerous. However most do know the National statistics for Deaths and Injuries in Hot Air Balloons.
The HOT AIR BALLOON ACCIDENT RATE "BIG LIE" is built around the fact that Hot Air Balloons Make SHORT FLIGHTS!!!!