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According to the Eloy Police Department, a tragic hot air balloon accident occurred in Arizona on Sunday, leaving four people dead and another critically injured.

Before 8 a.m. police were called to the scene near Eloy in Arizona.

The police told Fox 10 Phoenix there were eight skydivers who had jumped out of the balloon before it crashed. Five people were still in the balloon including the pilot and four passengers.

In a press release, police said that one of the victims died on the spot and the other three were transported to a hospital in the area where they died later. The fifth victim, who is in critical health, was airlifted from Phoenix.


FILE – An investigation is underway to determine the cause of an Arizona hot air balloon accident that left four dead and one critically injured on Sunday morning. (iStock)

The police said that, out of respect for the privacy of victims and their families, names are not released until the next of kin have been notified.

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The National Transportation Safety Board’s logo and signage can be seen during a press conference held at the NTSB headquarters, Washington, on December 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Eloy Police stated that they were working with federal agencies to investigate this tragic incident. This included the NTSB, FAA and FAA. While we continue to work, we would like your support and thoughts for the families of those affected by this tragic event.

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