On April 1, tragedy struck a family of three as they embarked on a hot air balloon ride over the pre-Hispanic ruin site of Teotihuacan, a popular tourist destination in Mexico City. Jose Nolasco, 50, and his wife Viridiana Becerril, 38, had taken their daughter Regina Itzani, on the joyride, which ultimately ended in disaster.
The family had posed for a final family photo in front of the hot air balloon before boarding. However, just moments after takeoff, the balloon caught fire and began to plummet to the ground. Video footage captured by onlookers showed the balloon descending rapidly as it burst into flames, with occupants appearing to either fall or jump from the craft.
Mexican authorities have confirmed that the accident claimed the lives of the husband and wife, while their daughter Regina Itzani was injured but expected to survive. Itzani had broken her arm when she jumped from the fiery gondola, and also suffered second-degree burns.
The incident has left the community shocked and devastated, and the cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the police in Mexico City. Although the footage shows the hot air balloon being tethered to the ground, it is unclear whether a pilot had been present when the basket went ablaze.
Teotihuacan is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. The site is home to ancient pyramids, temples, and other structures that date back to the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican era. The hot air balloon ride is a popular way for tourists to take in the breathtaking views of the ruins from above.
The tragic incident has left many questions unanswered, and authorities are working to piece together what led to the balloon catching fire. The family from the city of Caujimalpa de Morelos had likely been looking forward to a memorable and fun experience, but instead, their lives were cut short in a horrific accident.
As the investigation continues, the community is mourning the loss of the husband and wife and praying for their daughter’s speedy recovery. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the need to cherish every moment spent with loved ones.