16 October 2008

FIESTA DEL GLOBO [continued]

Here's the conclusion of the season premiere. The following are videos I took of the 2008 Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta. Enjoy!

Here I am at 5am on the balloon field. Believe it or not there ARE several hundred people out there with me. man it's early.


For the second year in a row the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was marked by a tragic balloon death. The accident happened about the time I was getting on the bus to go back to the park and ride.

About 8am the Wings of Wind balloon piloted by Keith Sproul and Stephen Lachendro flew into a power line. The gondola caught fire and separated from the balloon envelope falling to the ground. Lachendro was killed and Sproul severly injured.

The balloon is of a triangle design and in the following video you can see it inflating. It is kind of creepy to have one of the last videos of this fateful flight.

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