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Oceanside woman dies in balloon fall

October 09, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

One of hundreds of hot-air balloons in an Albuquerque festival tipped after snagging a utility line, sending a woman plummeting at least 70 feet to her death.

Rosemary Wooley Phillips, 60, of Oceanside, Calif., was pronounced dead at a hospital. Three other women in the gondola were hospitalized -- two with broken legs -- after the balloon crash-landed.

"Our balloon community is a close-knit family, and a time like this is difficult for all of us," said Gary Bennett, president of the International Balloon Fiesta.

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