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BALLOON CRASHES IN FLAMES; ONE DEAD

A hot-air balloon crashed Saturday after flying into power lines during a campaign event in Siberia, killing one of its passengers, a news report said.

The balloon was carrying two pilots and four employees of a radio station that had sponsored the campaign event for local elections in the city of Tomsk, about 1,800 miles east of Moscow.

The craft had drifted off course and was falling toward railway tracks when one of the pilot's tried to shift its direction and the balloon hit power lines above the tracks, Russian television reported.

The balloon caught fire and plunged to the ground. The radio station's advertising director, 37-year-old Yulia Kozyreva, was killed. The other five passengers were hospitalized.

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