Pilot Drug Use Caused 2021 Fatal Hot Air Balloon Crash
Albuquerque (August 24, 2023) – The National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the 2021 fatal hot air balloon crash found drug use as the main cause behind the accident. According to the report, the pilot had levels of cocaine and marijuana in his system that suggested recent use. The report revealed the pilot also failed to maintain adequate clearance during landing. The balloon collided with power lines and crashed into an intersection, killing all five passengers on board. This incident marked the deadliest balloon crash in New Mexico’s history.