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September 30, 2021

New Details Available In New Mexico’s Fatal Hot Air Balloon Crash

Pilot Tested Positive For Drugs In His System

At the end of June, a hot air balloon ride killed five people when it struck a powerline before crashing into a busy street. The National Transportation Safety Board has not ruled what caused the crash, but the Federal Aviation Administration has recently released information that shows that the pilot, Nicholas Meleski, had marijuana and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash that killed him and all four of his passengers. The family of the passengers has filed a lawsuit against the estate of the deceased pilot and the companies that operated the commercial balloon company. Levels of THC were found in Meleski’s blood and urine, cocaine in his blood and urine, and cocaethylene – a mi

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