Search teams arrive at a command post for the recovery efforts from a hot air balloon accident in Ruther Glen, Va., on May 10, 2014. / Steve Helber, AP
DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - A hot air balloon crashed Friday in central Virginia, with all three aboard feared dead. Here are some of the worst crashes of recreational hot air balloons.
â?¢ Feb. 26, 2013: A hot air balloon flying over Luxor, in southern Egypt, caught fire and plunged 300 1,000 feet to the ground, crashing into a sugar cane field and killing at least 19 foreign tourists.
â?¢ Aug. 23, 2012: Six people died and 26 were injured when a hot air balloon carrying 32 people, mostly tourists including some children, caught fire and crashed near the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.
â?¢ Jan. 7, 2012: A hot air balloon struck power lines near Carterton, New Zealand and exploded, crashing to the ground and killing all 11 people on board.
â?¢ Oct. 14, 2009: Four Dutch tourists were killed in Guangxi, China, after pilots lost control and their hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed.
â?¢ Aug. 26, 2001: Six people including a child were killed when their hot air balloon touched a power line at Verrens-Arvey, in southwestern France.
â?¢ June 17, 1999: Four passengers were killed when their hot air balloon hit a power line near Ibbenburen, Germany.
â?¢ Jan. 31, 1996: Five people died in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland when their hot air balloon crashed into a mountainside at a height of 8,000 feet.
â?¢ Aug. 8, 1993: Six people were killed when their balloon hit a power line near Aspen, Colorado, tearing off the basket and sending it plunging 100 feet to the ground.
â?¢ Dec. 11, 1990: Four people died near downtown Columbus, Ohio, after their hot air balloon hit a television tower and deflated.
â?¢ Oct. 6, 1990: Four people were killed in a balloon crash at Gaenserndorf, near Vienna.
â?¢ Aug. 13, 1989: Thirteen people were killed when their hot air balloon collided with another over the Australian outback near the town of Alice Springs. The two balloons were flying at an altitude of 2,000 feet when one plunged to the ground after the collision.
â?¢ Oct. 3, 1982: An explosion on board a hot air balloon carrying 9 people at a festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico killed four people and injured five.
â?¢ Aug. 6, 1981: Five people were killed and one seriously injured when a hot air balloon caught fire after touching electrical wires and crashed in a suburb of Chicago.
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