January 6th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Report: 11 killed in hot air balloon crash

Eleven people were killed in a hot air balloon crash near the town of Carterton, New Zealand, Saturday morning, according to Radio New Zealand, which quoted local health officials.

Reports of the crash, which happened nearly 90 kilometers northeast of Wellington, were first reported shortly before 7:30 a.m., Radio New Zealand reported.

A witness said the balloon was in flames as it descended, according to Radio New Zealand.

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