Skip to main content

5 found, 2 missing after balloon crash in Peru

By CNN Staff
April 29, 2013 -- Updated 0412 GMT (1212 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The hot air balloon fell into the Pacific Ocean south of Lima
  • Its pilot and another man, a passenger, are unaccounted for
  • Workers are scouring the area with the help of helicopters, fishing boats and jet skis

(CNN) -- Five people were rescued Sunday, but two more remain missing, after their hot air balloon crashed off the coast of Peru.

The balloon's red and white wreckage was found in the Pacific Ocean south of the capital, Lima, the state-run Andina news agency reported. Citing the country's interior minister, it said that those rescued -- all women -- were taken to a naval hospital.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

The balloon's pilot and another man, a passenger, are still missing.

"Hopefully we can find them as soon as possible," Andina reported Minister Wilfredo Pedraza as saying. "All we know is that one of them tried to swim to the coast. The search will continue, even at night, until they are rescued."

Workers are scouring the area with the help of helicopters, fishing boats and jet skis.

Pedraza stressed the immediate priority is on finding the missing men but that there will be an investigation into what went wrong.

The balloon was not equipped with GPS, nor did it have life jackets, the minister said, Andina reported.

The crash recalled a somewhat similar hot air balloon accident in Egypt in February. Early investigations into that crash showed gas canisters exploded, causing the balloon to plummet and resulting in the deaths of 19 people.

How safe is hot air ballooning?

NFL player injured in balloon crash

CNN's Dana Ford contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1818 GMT (0218 HKT)
While aspects of the fighting in Gaza resemble earlier clashes, this time feels different, writes military analyst Rick Francona.
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 0354 GMT (1154 HKT)
If India and the U.S. were Facebook friends, the relationship between them would undoubtedly be "complicated." Can the U.S. Secretary of State's visit change that?
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1438 GMT (2238 HKT)
The death of an American from Ebola fuels fears of the further global spread of the virus.
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1835 GMT (0235 HKT)
Take a look inside Airbus' new -- and surprisingly quiet -- A350XWB.
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1108 GMT (1908 HKT)
Flowers, a teddy bear and the smells of jet fuel and death haunt the MH17 crash site.
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1206 GMT (2006 HKT)
Nearly two weeks after MH17 was blown out of the sky, Dutch investigators have yet to lay eyes on the wreckage. How useful will it be now?
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1510 GMT (2310 HKT)
The U.S. and EU are imposing new sanctions on Moscow -- but will they have any effect?
This looks like a ghost ship, but it's actually the site of a tense international standoff between the Philippines and China.
July 26, 2014 -- Updated 0048 GMT (0848 HKT)
Sure, Fido is a brown Lab. But inside, he may also be a little green.
July 28, 2014 -- Updated 1303 GMT (2103 HKT)
Photograph of an undisclosed location by Patrycja Makowska
Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.
CNN joins the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on its horrors and highlighting success stories.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT