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3:12 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

One Hurt In Landing At Balloon Fiesta

A woman suffered a broken leg when a balloon taking part in the first day of Albuquerque's annual balloon fiesta made a hard landing on a golf course.

Fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity says the 61-year-old woman riding as a passenger suffered a broken leg and was taken to a hospital when the balloon came down hard just before 8 a.m. Saturday. She was in one of eight balloons launched in the weather-testing "dawn patrol."

Garriety says about 550 balloons followed in a mass ascension at about 8 a.m. All had landed safely by 10:30 a.m.

The nine-day fiesta continues Saturday evening with a balloon glow after dusk that will feature about 200 tethered balloons, with another mass ascension set for Sunday morning.

The annual event is a major tourist draw.

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