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Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand

Balloon burst into flames causing country's worst air accident in more than three decades

Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
A hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed in New Zealand on Saturday, killing all 11 people on board in the country's worst air accident in more than three decades. (above) Police and fire service staff work at the accident scene (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
Police said the balloon appeared to have clipped powerlines and caught fire before crashing into farmland near Carterton, about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Wellington on New Zealand's North Island (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
'Sadly the pilot and 10 passengers on board have not survived,' Wellington District Commander Superintendent Mike Rusbatch said (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
The power wires that the balloon came in contact with before bursting into flames at the accident scene (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
The balloon hit power wires before bursting into flames killing 9 people with two jumping to their deaths (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
The accident was New Zealand's worst air disaster since an Antarctic tourist flight crashed into Mt Erebus in 1979, killing all 257 people on board (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
The tents that cover the remains of those that died at the accident scene (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
Peter Northcote of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission speaks to the media (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
Ron Mark, Mayor of Carterton, speaks to the media. 'I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There were flames licking up the side of the basket, right up the guy-ropes,' one witness told state-run Television New Zealand (Getty Images)
Hot air balloon crash kills all 11 on board in New Zealand
Wairarapa Area Police Commander Brent Register speaks to the media. The country's transport minister Gerry Brownlee said rules for commercial hot air ballooning in New Zealand had recently been reviewed (Getty Images)