Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, May 10, 2014

After an all-night search in a heavily wooded area of rural Virginia, authorities found one body from a hot air balloon crash and continued efforts to locate two others aboard. Witnesses captured images of the balloon after it drifted into power lines, burst into flames Friday night and crashed into the countryside 25 miles north of Richmond. "We are now transitioning from a rescue operation to a recovery operation at this time," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Advertisement

Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Menu

Advertisement

Subscriptions

Author Info

rcade

 

Advertisement

MORE STORIES

 

Advertisement

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

I read this story yesterday on the 'net. I found it really weird they had a hard time finding the basket and the people in it. A failed balloon can't do much but go straight down. And if it was seen hitting power lines, one wouldn't think the search radius would be very large -- maybe 100 feet.

#1 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-10 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks a lot, Rcade. I went to a fund raiser at the Herpetological Society and won a balloon ride as a door prize. Now I may never use it.

#2 | Posted by willowby at 2014-05-10 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tragic. Hot air balloons are basically luck of the draw and situations where circumstances and weather rule and competence is mostly secondary.

#3 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-10 07:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tragic. Hot air balloons are basically luck of the draw

Exactly. Kind of like sneaking into someone's garage in the middle of the night. You never know the outcome,

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-10 07:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kind of like sneaking into someone's garage in the middle of the night.

Except that it is nothing like that at all.

Hot air balloons are legal and are usually pretty safe. They have an awesome safety record considering how many are flying now. Fatal hot air balloon accidents are relatively rare.

Unlike your false analogies.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-10 09:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#5 hehe

#6 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-05-10 09:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not sure what the numbers are, but I don't think ballooning is one of those especially dangerous activities. Having said that, when they do go bad, can be an utterly horrifying way to go.

#7 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-11 05:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

"A failed balloon can't do much but go straight down. "
#1 | POSTED BY GOATMAN

Ironic you of all people haven't heard of wind.

#8 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-11 09:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Ironic you of all people haven't heard of wind.

Ironic you don't understand it shouldn't carry it very far from an altitude of a power line [...]

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-11 10:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Getting back to the point here: The article said that the balloon hit a power line. If it started falling from that height in a strong wind (even though a strong wind is not mentioned in the article) that made it fall at a very shallow 30 degree angle (that's a lot of wind!) and the power line was 30 feet high, simple trig tells us it should be within 82 feet of where it fell. I wonder what's making it so hard to find it and the other person?

#16 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-11 10:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Please talk about the topic and not me."

Sophist, heal thyself.

#17 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 12:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

If it started falling from that height in a strong wind (even though a strong wind is not mentioned in the article) that made it fall at a very shallow 30 degree angle (that's a lot of wind!) and the power line was 30 feet high, simple trig tells us it should be within 82 feet of where it fell.

It didn't fall. After hitting the power line it rose because of the fire, even though the pilot tried to avoid that by opening the balloon. Photos show it 1,000 feet or more off the ground, the blaze out of control.

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-12 03:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Advertisement

Post a comment

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2014 World Readable

 

Advertisement

Drudge Retort