Arizona Hot Air Balloon Tragedy: 4 Dead, 1 Injured in Shocking Crash

Arizona Hot Air Balloon Tragedy: 4 Dead, 1 Injured in Shocking Crash

Tragedy struck in Eloy, Arizona, when a hot air balloon crash-landed in the desert, resulting in four fatalities and one person critically injured, as reported by the Eloy Police Department. The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. local time in Pinal County, approximately five miles north of town, in a rural desert area.

At the time of the crash, a total of 13 individuals were on board the hot air balloon, including eight skydivers, four passengers, and a pilot, according to the confirmation by Eloy’s mayor and local ABC Arizona affiliate KNXV. Eyewitnesses mentioned that just before the crash, the skydivers had exited the balloon, and observers noted irregular movements, with the balloon seemingly flying up and down before the impact.

Tragically, one person was pronounced dead at the crash site, while the other three victims succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. A fifth person is currently in critical condition at Valley Hospital, as reported by KNXV.

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Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) disclosed that the hot air balloon crash resulted from an unspecified issue with its envelope. Both the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are actively investigating the incident.

Eloy, located approximately 65 miles southeast of Phoenix, now mourns the loss and awaits further details from the ongoing investigations into this devastating Arizona Hot Air Balloon Tragedy.

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