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SCENIC FLIGHT TRAGEDY: 11 dead in hot air balloon crash in New Zealand
news.com.au ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | AAP

Posted on 01/06/2012 2:44:03 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

ELEVEN people have died when a hot air balloon was engulfed in flames in New Zealand.

The balloon came down in flames at Clareville, near the Wairarapa township of Carterton, about 7.30am local time (5.30am AEDT) today.

Local resident David McKinlay said he was watering the garden of his home on the northern boundary of Carterton at 7.40am (5.40am AEDT) when he looked up toward the northeast.

"I just couldn't believe what I was seeing," he said..

"There were flames licking up the basket on one side, up towards the guy ropes of the balloon itself and probably just about reaching the fabric of the balloon," he told AAP.

The balloon came down at speed in a paddock on Somerset Road.

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1 posted on 01/06/2012 2:44:07 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Prayers up.
It’s a wonder we don’t hear about these kinds of accidents more often.


2 posted on 01/06/2012 2:48:11 PM PST by HiJinx (I can (still) see Mexico from my back porch.)
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To: HiJinx

Very terrible. Prayers for the deceased.


3 posted on 01/06/2012 2:53:51 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Prayers for the families involved.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 2:54:44 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My last balloon ride about 25 years including crashing into the top of a large oak tree... Not good...


5 posted on 01/06/2012 2:57:06 PM PST by DB
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To: HiJinx

No kidding.
I don’t know how many times those balloons have been dragged across the east range.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 3:14:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

How does one slow down lateral velocity of a balloon anyway?


7 posted on 01/06/2012 3:16:27 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

You don’t.


8 posted on 01/06/2012 3:20:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Then how do you land if a breeze picks up? Do you stay in the air until the wind stops? By then you could be in the wrong country...or out to sea.


9 posted on 01/06/2012 3:24:20 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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10 posted on 01/06/2012 3:25:25 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: mamelukesabre

I think the idea is to fly when there are no breezes.


11 posted on 01/06/2012 3:27:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

That would result in a ride straight up and straight down.


12 posted on 01/06/2012 3:33:21 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yikes, my friend and her husband are in NZ right now!


13 posted on 01/06/2012 3:37:43 PM PST by Ditter
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To: mamelukesabre
Then how do you land if a breeze picks up? Do you stay in the air until the wind stops? By then you could be in the wrong country...or out to sea.

Theoretically you could drop an anchor and hope that it catches onto something. However the dynamic forces could be strong enough to tear the gondola open. It's one of a million reasons why we don't use "lighter than air" aviation anymore. To stay in control you need power that is stronger than the forces of nature.

14 posted on 01/06/2012 3:48:46 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Those hot air balloons used to come over my house in N San Diego all the time, sometimes quite low. The sound of that big blow torch suddenly blasting away after dead silence used to scare the bejeesus out of me. Watching that blaster was just as bad.

No way would I get into something that required an onbaord blast furnace to stay aloft.

15 posted on 01/06/2012 4:01:16 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

I got on one in France and was off in 30 seconds!


16 posted on 01/06/2012 4:04:32 PM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: mamelukesabre

No. You can catch air streams at higher altitudes.


17 posted on 01/06/2012 4:04:53 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: doorgunner69

Jet engines are onboard blast furnaces. Not handheld but they burn quite hot and have been known to fail under certain conditions. Final flight of the last Concorde comes to mind.


18 posted on 01/06/2012 4:07:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I took a two hour ride on one last fall here in Oregon. One of the coolest things I’ve done in a long time.


19 posted on 01/06/2012 4:25:58 PM PST by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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To: Busywhiskers

Two feet on Terra Firma and a head filled with common sense I be.
I gaze up at the folks feet floating by, their heads filled with balloon juice and navigating with champagne and sour Diesel.
They must be organ donors.


20 posted on 01/06/2012 4:50:18 PM PST by battlegearboat (Are you a turtle?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Balloons used to take off from a pasture where I kept horses near Houston. One day a girl was taking her grandfather up as a gift for his 85th birthday. An unexpected gust of wind pushed them into a high voltage power line about 50 feet off the ground. All died.


21 posted on 01/06/2012 6:36:23 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Going back twenty plus years my wife and I had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon during the Hot Air Balloon Festival held each fall in Albuquerque, NM. Wonderful experience ... rising up in the early dawn with numerous other balloons ... close to one hundred ... of all shapes, sizes and colors. Truly an experience of a lifetime.


22 posted on 01/06/2012 6:50:16 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: battlegearboat

My friend...You want to live forever?


23 posted on 01/09/2012 11:10:45 AM PST by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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