Hot air balloon carrying newlyweds hits powerline in NW Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An early morning wedding in a hot air balloon took a dramatic turn when they clipped a power line and came down inside a locked dirt lot. It left the bride and groom with some special memories.

“Take-off was gorgeous, they took off around, 7 o’clock this morning, right when the sun was rising,” said Tatiana Gallegos, a friend of the family.

For the happy couple, they thought, ‘What better way to get married than in a hot air balloon?’ They said their I do’s soaring high above Albuquerque, capturing each picturesque moment as they start their new journey together.

“We were trying to find where the balloon was gonna land,” Gallegos said. But as friends and family on the ground waited, they got word the balloon’s envelope hit a power line.

“Then we heard from the photographer who was following the balloon… to just follow the fire truck and follow the sirens,” Gallegos said.

So, they did just that. The newlyweds and their wedding party touched down in the locked dirt lot near Fourth and Candelaria. They shared the chaotic moments just before landing.

“He just told us to brace yourself… hold on…” said the bride.

Minutes after committing to each other for life, they were holding on for dear life. “We had a couple of bumps and slid, and he said, ‘You guys need to get out now! Right now.’ So we did,” said the Gallegos’.

And on this day, each year, the couple will have quite the story to tell.

“I think they’re gonna remember this for the rest of their lives for sure! We’re all gonna remember this,” said Tatiana Gallegos.

It’s unclear why the pilot hit the power line. People in the area reported a brief power outage after the incident.

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