(CARTERTON, New Zealand) — All eleven people onboard a hot air balloon were reportedly killed when it crashed outside a fairground near Carterton, New Zealand, early Saturday morning, local time.
A witness said he saw flames coming from the basket as the balloon plummeted to the ground. “It came down like a bloody rocket and then there was a big bang,” said David McKinlay, according to the New Zealand Herald.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire and subsequent crash.
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