Hot air balloon crash in New Zealand kills 11

Associated Press
A fire department ladder truck takes police over the area where a hot air balloon crash occurred in Carterton, some 94 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital, Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The hot air balloon crashed and killed all 11 people aboard near a rural New Zealand town, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAD OUT

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A hot air balloon carrying 11 people turned into a horrifying tower of "sheer flame" after hitting power lines near a rural New Zealand town, police and witnesses said. All aboard were killed in the deadliest air crash within New Zealand in nearly 50 years.

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