BERNALILLO — A hot air balloon today crashed into power lines and burst into flames, killing one of two men thrown from the basket and critically injuring the other, during Albuquerque's annual balloon fiesta.
Two people — a pilot and a passenger — were aboard the Wings of Wind balloon when it crashed, said Kathie Leyendecker, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is held each October.
Killed in the crash was Stephen Lachendro. Keith Sproul was critically injured in the accident, Leyendecker said.
Leyendecker said she did not know where the victims were from, nor who was flying the balloon. The balloon was registered to a New Jersey pilot, she said.
Lachendro was found dead at the scene lying on the side of a ditch, Sproul was unconscious and was flown by helicopter to a local hospital, authorities said. A hospital spokesman said S
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Location: Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States (load item map)
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