Identities of Five Killed In New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Crash Revealed

All five individuals killed in a hot-air balloon wreck in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been identified, CNN reported.

New Mexico State Police have released the names of the hot air balloon pilot Nicholas Meleski, 62, and passengers Susan Montoya, 64, and John Montoya, 61.

The Albuquerque Police Department had previously released the identity of a retired police officer Martin Matinez, 62, and his wife, Mary Martinez. Both were killed in the crash.

All the victims were from Albuquerque, which is a popular city for ballooning. It also hosts the International Balloon festival every fall.
The tragedy took place around 7:30 am Saturday, authorities stated.
The balloon struck an overhead powerline before descending to the ground and becoming engulfed in flames.

The incident is being investigated by The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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