Ballooning Victims Named

We’d like to convey our condolences once again to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s hot air balloon tragedy in Clareville.

Police have just released a list of the victims names, they are

Hot air balloon pilot Lance Hopping, aged 53 of Masterton.

Husband and wife Howard and Diana Cox of Wellington. Howard was aged 71 years and Diana 63.

Husband and wife Desmond and Ann Dean of Masterton. Ann was aged 65 and Desmond aged 70.

Cousins Valerie Bennett, aged 70 of Masterton and Denise Dellabarca, aged 58 of Paraparaumu.

Partners Stephen Hopkirk, aged 50 and Belinda Harter, aged 49 years, both of Lower Hutt.

Johannes Jordann, known as Chrisjan, aged 21 of Wellington and girlfriend Alexis Still, aged 19, also of Wellington

2 thoughts on “Ballooning Victims Named

  1. After my first balloon trip ,when the pilot missed power lines by less than a meter…on take off….and didn’t know until I pointed them out..I still took 2 more air adventures..with the same pilot.The wind dictates everything. sadly so.

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