Balloon of Doom

Delight or death trap? (courtesy of AP)

In 1989, two hot air balloons in Australia collided, killing 13 people.

In 2009, a balloon in Luxor, Egypt hit a cell phone tower, injuring 16 tourists.

And in 2013—yesterday, in fact—another hot air balloon in Luxor ran into trouble and by the time the smoke cleared, 19 people were dead.

It was the worst hot air balloon disaster in decades. Yet another depressing milestone for mankind.

I don’t know all the details, but I heard the balloon was nearly on the ground when a fire suddenly broke out. A witness said it then shot way up in the air, split apart and fell 1000 feet to the earth below.

Only two people survived the crash: a Brit and the pilot. Big surprise there.

Among the dead—and I apologize for rambling off countries instead of victims’ names—were four from Japan, three from England, nine from Hong Kong, two from France and one from Hungary.

In other words, there are a lot of grieving families all over the world tonight. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted on February 27, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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