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Authorities in Virginia said the pilot and a
passenger of a hot-air balloon died of blunt-force trauma. Another passenger
suffered severe burns.
Their balloon caught fire after hitting power
lines at the start of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival.
The accident happened as preparations begin
for the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air
Balloon Classic in Decatur, which is set to take place Memorial Day
Pilots in the area said they are not planning
to take extra precautions beyond those that are already in place.
"We're not really rethinking, we are just
reassuring ourselves of what we're doing and making sure we're doing it right,"
said pilot Ken Garner.
Garner has been flying in the Jubilee for
decades, and said there are several safety procedures he always follows, such
as staying grounded above certain wind speeds or during approaching storms.
With the latest technology, Garner checks
weather trends on his phone and makes sure they are correct before he takes
"We inflate a helium balloon and release,
watch it to make sure the wind speeds that we have been given are fairly
accurate," he said.
While pilots are confident in going up,
residents are a bit more apprehensive after the Virginia tragedy.
"I'd go up right now if the weather was
right," said Betty Sims. "I would be a bit more cautious, know that they had
their pilot's license, that they had been cleared."
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