Riding in a hot air balloon can be an exhilarating and once in a lifetime experience. But despite its tranquility and sight seeing potential, there are risks and dangers.
Since 1964, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 775 hot air balloon incidents in the United States, 70 involving fatalities. Sixteen people died while hot air ballooning from 2002 to 2012. While experts stress the safety of flying, some of the most deadliest hot air ballooning accidents have occurred in recent years.
The deadliest occurred in February 2013, when a hot air balloon caught fire while floating over Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 of the 21 on board.