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NBC: 16 might be dead in hot air balloon fire, crash

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Nothing confirmed.

  2. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Can't understand why anyone would choose this mode of transportation in the 21st century. A balloon. A basket. Fire. WCGW?
  3. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    It's recreation. Same reason choose to float down Class III rapids with 20 pounds of plastic between their ass and 10,000 GPM of rushing water. WCGW?
  4. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Not nearly as much, given the recent hot air balloon tragedies.
  5. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    Source tells CNN that they are ruling out terrorism as cause
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  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Pictures from the crash site seem to indicate they hit a power line.
  7. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Funny you mention that. We went rafting down the Royal Gorge 3 weeks ago. Saw everything from Class 1 float trip rapids to Class 5 Niagara Falls rapids. Very good experience, but my wife said there's not a way in hell she'd do it again. I probably would.
  8. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I took my gf on a hot air balloon ride for her birthday last year. I'm not afraid of heights but it was pretty damn nerve wracking, not least when we started descending and almost hit power lines. Like missed them by 15 feet. I mean, you really can't shake the knowledge you're in an open air basket hundreds of feet off the ground. Ten times more exhilarating than any roller coaster I've ever been on. Woman in other basket freaked out and they had to land to drop her off before resuming. We landed in a parking lot and the other basket in our group landed in someone's front yard. Still, the scenery was pretty damn breathtaking in the Hudson valley and I would probably do it again. It was pretty expensive though, like a couple hundie for like 45 minutes. And you have to go at sunrise before the ground heats up and the air is hot.
  9. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Before we go, any questions?

    "Where will we land?"
    "I don't know."

    "What about power lines?"
    "We might hit some."
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  10. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Saw a hot-air balloon crash when I was a teenager bike riding in the hills on the edge of my town. Gondola hit the ground hard, but the two on board quickly got out and dusted themselves off.
  11. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Did it once in Perris, CA., in Riverside County. We flew over a railroad graveyard, which was OK. I was trying to be cool. The pilot seemed like a whackadoodle. We landed in a field that was pretty safe. At the end, he said he had a trainee he was taking up and we could go again with them. I volunteered to drive the chase truck.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I set up a balloon ride for a football tab photo shoot about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, we got stormed out and we had to do the photos on the ground.

    That was my first and to date only chance to ride a hot air balloon. I still want to do it someday.
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