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17th January 2012 - JANET FOLKES

The sad news of the death of Dr Janet Folkes, experienced gas and hot-air balloon pilot, has been announced today. She died at 9am, after a long battle with cancer. Many balloonists around the world have lost a friend and role model. Janet will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Final Competition Results (1st October 2010)

Posn Team
Name
Pilot 1 Name
Pilot 2 Name
Aerostat Reg.
Takeoff (UTC)
Landing (UTC)
Flight Time
Official Distance
Landing
Location
Near to
1 Swiss Map IconSWI2 Kurt Frieden
Pascal Witpraechtiger
HB-QKF
2010-09-25 23:08
2010-09-28 09:45 
58hr 37min  
2434.31 km 44°35.7183’N
28°45.6217’E
Constanta, RO
2 German Map IconGER1 Wilhelm Eimers
Ullrich Seel
D-OBYN
2010-09-25 22:56
2010-09-29 10:10 
83hr 14min  
2312.66 km 46°55.685’N
28°42.63’E
Chişinǎu, MD
3 Great Britain Map IconGBR3 David Hempleman-Adams
Simon Carey
G-CGOZ
2010-09-25 23:36
2010-09-29 10:07 
82hr 31min  
2008.90 km 43°49.616’N
21°50.067’E
Nis, RS
Full Results Table

Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis (USA2)

Nancy and Richard Abruzzo
Richard and Nancy Abruzzo
(Photo: George Bladon)
Dr Carol Rymer Davis
Dr Carol Rymer Davis
(Photo: Sam Astall)
From the NTSB report published on 25th October 2010
On September 29, 2010, at 0558 coordinated universal time, a Ballonbau Worner hydrogen-filled balloon, N801NM, operated by Peak Express Balloon as an entry in the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett 2010 International Gas Balloon Race, was lost from Italian air traffic control (ATC) radar over international waters of the Adriatic Sea. As of October 4, 2010, neither the balloon nor the pilots were located.

On 6th December 2010 the missing balloon USA2 and the bodies of Carol and Richard were recovered from the Adriatic Sea by an Italian fishing boat.

On 8th September, the NTSB released a "factual report" stating that the balloon appeared to have been struck by lightening, after becoming surrounded by poor weather.