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Paramedics tried to revive the woman, Rosemary Wooley Phillips, 60, in a dirt field where she fell. She was pronounced dead a short time later at University of New Mexico Hospital. Bill Birkley of Albuquerque was driving to visit a client when he saw the balloon flying low and fast, then getting snagged in the utility line “like a fish hook.” He stopped his vehicle and was standing about 100 feet from the trapped balloon when he saw Phillips fall. “She was screaming and flailing her arms,” Birkley said. “It was the most helpless feeling in the world. There she was, coming down through the air, and there wasn’t a thing you could do for her.” The balloon, meanwhile, came free and drifted across a road near Interstate 25. It crash-landed, inflicting injuries on the other passengers and a pilot. Bruno said two women had broken legs and another had minor bumps and bruises. The three, Sheryl Diaz, 60; Susan Simpson, 57; and Doris Currier, 52, were admitted to University Hospital, he said. The pilot sustained minor scratches and was treated at the scene. The women booked the flight through Rainbow Ryders, a concessionaire contracted to provide flights from the fiesta’s launch field. A company official, Scott Appleman, said pilot Tom Reyes had 30 years’ experience and more than 1,900 flying hours. Authorities were careful not to assign immediate blame on winds, saying an investigation was continuing. Yet hot air balloons are entirely subjected to the wind. “Wind is part of the unknown. Weather is part of the unknown, relative to hot air ballooning, all the time,” Appleman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The woman who died and the other three women were from Oceanside. “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 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The balloon – named Heavenly Ride – became caught on a utility line at 7:45 a.m. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground in an apparent attempt to reel the balloon down and free it, a state police spokesman said. But the tether broke and the balloon bounced back up, causing its gondola to tip. The woman fell more than 70 feet. “It probably was a lot higher than that,” state police Sgt. Kevin Bruno said. “That’s just an estimate.” ACCIDENT: Pilot was trying to free the hot-air craft from a utility line in New Mexico. By Tim Korte THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A California woman fell at least 70 feet to her death Monday and three other women were hospitalized, two with broken legs, after a morning joyride on a hot air balloon turned tragic, casting a pall over the city’s annual balloon fiesta.
Former Rangers player Harold Davis has died at the age of 85, the Ibrox club have announced.Right-half Davis played for Rangers from 1956 to 1964, winning four league titles, two League Cups, one Scottish Cup and a runners-up medal in the 1961 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Davis was a legend for the club 1 He later coached at Ibrox and went on to manage Queen of the South.Davis had returned to professional football with Rangers after leaving East Fife for his national service and spent two years recovering from gun wounds suffered during the Korean War.A club statement read: “Rangers Football Club is today extremely saddened to learn of the death of club legend Harold Davis.“A member of the Ibrox Hall of Fame, and fondly remembered by supporters of his time, Davis has sadly passed away at the age of 85.“Everyone at Rangers passes on their sincere condolences to Harold’s family at this difficult time.”