Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 11

    This aerial photo shows the area where a hot air balloon crashed after it caught on fire in Carterton, north of the capital, Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The hot air balloon crashed and killed all 11 people aboard near the rural New Zealand town some 94 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital, Wellington, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Wairarapa Times, Lynda Feringa) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Lynda Feringa, Wairarapa Times / AP Photo

    A hot air balloon crash in New Zealand killed 11 people—the pilot and all the passengers. The crash reportedly resulted from a fire on board the balloon, though the cause of the fire is unknown. A police official said, “This is an absolutely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased. We are in the process of notifying next of kin. However, we will not be releasing any names until all next of kin have been advised.”

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