All 11 people on board a hot air balloon were killed after it burst into flames and crashed in New Zealand on Saturday, police said. A hot air balloon is shown in Germany. All 11 people on board a hot air balloon, which crashed near the town of Carterton in New Zealand Saturday morning, were killed, media reports said The balloon went down in fine weather near Carterton, a small town just north of the capital Wellington and a popular area for hot air ballooning. "It appears a fire has ignited on board, causing the hot air balloon to crash in farmland. Sadly, the pilot and 10 passengers onboard have not survived," Wellington district police commander Mike Rusbatch said. "This is an absolutely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased." One witness, David McKinlay, told reporters he looked up to see one side of the basket on fire and "all of a sudden there was just 10 metres of flames". "It was like a rocket coming down; it was … [Read more...] about 11 dead in New Zealand hot air balloon crash
Not just hot air
LOVE Island fans spotted something worrying about Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham's hot air balloon flight. The couple headed off on the final date in tonight's episode, receiving a text in the early hours of the morning telling them to get up and get ready. They were whisked away to a field where a hot air balloon was waiting for them, but as it inflated, viewers noticed something concerning. Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "Please tell me I'm not the only one to notice they spelt 'flights' wrong on the hot air balloon." Another shared a screenshot of the typo on the balloon, writing: "What's a balloon fligths?" while another added alongside their grab of the mistake: "I wouldn't get in a hot air balloon with the word 'flights' spelt incorrectly on the side of it." Thankfully for viewers and the couple, they had a safe flight to watch the sunrise over the island, before touching back down on the ground to share a breakfast picnic. Click here to play our Love Island games - and win a … [Read more...] about Love Island fans spot something worrying about Dani and Jack’s hot air balloon flight – but did you?
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 11:42 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 Two fisherman rescued the pilot of a hot air balloon that hit power lines, caught on fire and crashed in a Livingston County lake at a balloon festival Sunday, according to TV news reports, festival organizers and the Federal Aviation Administration. No one was hurt during the morning incident at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell. The pilot was flying solo, according to a statement from Phil Clinger, competition director for the hot air balloon festival. The balloon was recovered shortly after the incident, according to Clinger's statement. More on Freep.com: Why 300 Detroit area senior citizens are duking it out in Novi Thousands get a glimpse of Detroit Train Station ahead of construction Clinger told a Free Press reporter that he was making no further comment early Sunday evening. No one at Howell police or fire departments could be reached for comment Sunday. The … [Read more...] about Hot air balloon hits power lines, catches fire, crashes in lake
PUBLISHED: 13:04 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 04 May 2018 Sabrina Johnson A hot air ballon spotted by Glen Allott on his way to work on Friday May. 4. Picture: Glen Allott Archant Motorists in Norfolk have had a close up view of a hot air balloon coming down to land. At around 7.30am on Friday, May 4, a hot air balloon which had set off from Old Buckenham Airfield just an hour beforehand was seen landing on the edge of a field near Mulbarton. The distinctive red balloon was spotted by several people. Directed by air currents as opposed to being steered in the traditional sense hot air balloons travel where ever the wind takes them. A spokesperson for Virgin Balloon Flights said: “Our highly skilled pilot, who has been flying hot air balloons in Norfolk for more than 25 years, was in full control at all times and all of his 16 passengers had a wonderful flight. “Ballooning is fully weather dependent, our pilots will expertly assess specialist weather forecasts a few … [Read more...] about Hot air balloon lands on edge of field
When they first began dating, Pete Holmes’ wife, Valerie Chaney, mentioned she’d always wanted to ride in a hot-air balloon. The comedian took note and when it came time to propose to his longtime partner, he took her to Santa Barbara, engagement ring in his pocket, and went for the grand gesture.What Holmes, star and creator of the fine HBO comedy series “Crashing” didn’t consider was that he would be making this profession of love to his soon-to-be fiancée in a small wicker basket with a strange man basically standing on top of them.“I could feel the heat of his breath and the tickle of his whiskers, and I’m nervous, and he’s operating the thing and this is completely true — I don’t like it either — but he kept calling things ‘gay.’ I don’t know this man. This is the most romantic day of my life and he’s like, ‘That’s Janet Jackson’s ranch. Gay,’” Holmes … [Read more...] about Pete Holmes’ hot-air balloon marriage proposal took an odd turn