Fact box: Hot air balloon disasters

Last updated 10:46 27/02/2013
Carterton balloon crash
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TRAGEDY: Firefighters, ambulance staff and police next to the paddock where the burning balloon crashed outside Carterton in 2012. It remains one of New Zealand's worst aviation disasters.

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Some of the worst accidents involving recreational hot air balloons.

February 26, 2013: A hot air balloon flying over Luxor, in southern Egypt, caught fire and plunged 300 metres  to the ground, crashing into a sugar cane field and killing at least 19 foreign tourists.

August 23, 2012: Six people died and 26 were injured when a hot air balloon carrying 32 people, mostly tourists including some children, caught fire and crashed near the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

January 07, 2012: A hot air balloon struck power lines near Carterton, New Zealand and exploded, crashing to the ground and killing all 11 people on board.

October 14, 2009: Four Dutch tourists were killed in Guangxi, China, after pilots lost control and their hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed.

August 26, 2001: Six people including a child were killed when their hot air balloon touched a power line at Verrens-Arvey, in southwestern France.

June 17, 1999: Four passengers were killed when their hot air balloon hit a power line near Ibbenburen, Germany. -

January 31, 1996:  Five people died in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland when their hot air balloon crashed into a mountainside at a height of 2,400 metres.

August 8, 1993: Six people were killed when their balloon hit a power line near Aspen, Colorado, tearing off the basket and sending it plunging 30 metres to the ground.

December 11, 1990: Four people died near downtown Columbus, Ohio, after their hot air balloon hit a television tower and deflated.

October 6, 1990: Four people were killed in a balloon crash at Gaenserndorf, near Vienna.

August 13, 1989:  Thirteen people were killed when their hot air balloon collided with another over the Australian outback near the town of Alice Springs. The two balloons were flying at an altitude of 600 metres when one plunged to the ground after the collision.

October 3, 1982: An explosion on board a hot air balloon carrying 9 people at a festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico killed four people and injured five.

August 6, 1981: Five people were killed and one seriously injured when a hot air balloon caught fire after touching electrical wires and crashed in a suburb of Chicago.

1785: Two Frenchmen attempting to cross the English Channel in a hot-air balloon were killed when their balloon caught fire and crashed, in possibly the first fatal aviation accident.

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