Two Injured in Balloon Accident
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A balloon trying to land on the final days of the city’s 14th International Balloon Fiesta crashed into a mobile home and a chain-link fence, injuring two of the people aboard, officials say.
Charlotte Hermann, 69, of Fairfield, Ohio, was in stable condition at an Albuquerque hospital Sunday night with unspecified fractures and back pain, hospital officials said.
Also injured in the accident was 11-year-old Mary Phibbs of Albuquerque. Hospital officials said the girl suffered bruises around her left eye and cheek. She was treated and released.
Ms. Hermann, the girl and her mother, Penny Phibbs, and an unidentified person were passengers on the balloon Orion piloted by Phil Fravel of North Hollywood, Calif.
Carol Cohea, spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, said the accident the balloon tried to land at Cutter Balloonport when it got caught in blustery winds. It crashed into a mobile home and took out six posts of a chain-link fence before it landed in an open pasture in the northwest portion of the city.
The damage to the mobile home had not been determined.
Balloon Fiesta spokeswoman Jean Jordon said that while the Orion was listed as an entrant in this year’s gathering, the flight took place after all festivities had officially ended.