Basket of hot air balloon detaches and crashes in New Mexico, 5 killed

Five people were killed after a hot air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The basket the passengers were riding in detached from the balloon and crashed, according to the city’s police department.

The balloon fell to the ground in a completely deflated state.

The incident cut off power to more than 13,000 people in the area.

The balloon hit the power line around 7:00am on Saturday, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the basket fell about 100 feet  and crashed on a street before catching fire. The balloon floated off before coming to rest elsewhere.

One person who was seriously injured and admitted to the hospital in a critical later died.

Two men, including the pilot and two women died in the crash.