4 dead in New Mexico hot air balloon crash that reportedly hit a power line and wiped out power for over 13,000 residents

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  • An early Saturday morning hot air balloon crash in New Mexico has killed four people, police said.
  • Police believe the balloon crashed into a power line.
  • The crash also wiped out power for more than 13,000 residents in the area.
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A hot air balloon crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has left at least four people dead and one person critically injured, officials said during a press conference Saturday.

Police said the hot air balloon crashed into a power line early Saturday morning. As a result, power has been wiped out for more than 13,000 people in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area, police said on Saturday.

Among the four dead is the balloon pilot. The identities of the victims have not yet been revealed, but police say they believe their ages range from the 40s to the 60s.

“One additional individual was transported to a local hospital and is currently in critical and unstable condition,” the Albuquerque Police Department wrote on Twitter.

-Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) June 26, 2021

Albuquerque Fire Rescue and New Mexico State Police are responding to the scene, police said.

There will be an investigation into the cause of the crash conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, police said on Twitter.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.