PNM goes over powerline safety ahead of Balloon Fiesta

This summer, the ballooning community was reminded of what can go wrong when a balloon crashed into power lines in Albuquerque, killing five people. Now, PNM wants to ensure everyone knows what to do if something like that crash happens again. Although these types of accidents are rare, they usually happen near the end of the flight. Pilots are trained to attempt to get the envelope - or the balloon fabric - to hang on the lines. The goal is to keep the gondolas' ropes from hitting the power line. For witnesses, the first thing is to not rush the balloon, assuming the lines have power. Next, observers should call 911 or contact PNM, stay calm and wait for first responders.

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