KOB-TV: Names Of Five Victims Of Balloon Crash Released


From KOB-TV:

The names of the five victims of Saturday's deadly hot air balloon crash were released Sunday.

  • Nicholas Meleski (Pilot)
  • Susan Montoya (Passenger)
  • Mary Martinez (Passenger)
  • Martin Martinez (Passenger)
  • John Montoya (Passenger)

The victims, who were all from Albuquerque, ranged in age from 59 to 65 years old. 

Martin was an Albuquerque Public Schools Police Sergeant and ex-APD officer Martin Martinez. Susan Montoya was an assistant Principal at Georgia O'Keefe Elementary School.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue said the balloon gondola hit a power line and fell approximately 100 feet. The balloon envelope was found at a separate location south of the crash. 

Albuquerque police said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the crash.


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