balloon.sunrise13th August, 1989 : The collision of two hot-air balloons carrying tourist parties sent on plummeting to earth, killing thirteen people, near Alice springs, Central Australia, today. The tragedy happened about ten minutes after four Toddy’s Tours balloons had taken off from a roadside. A passenger in the higher balloon said the balloon bellow came up and seemed to wrap itself around the gondola of his balloon. Another passenger said: ”There was the ripping as the top of the balloon bellow us tore, then you could hear a rush of air. Then it just slowly sank away beneath us”.

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