Lawsuit filed in New Mexico’s deadliest scorching air balloon crash

Ryan Laughlin

Updated September 24, 2021 6:50 PM

Created: September 24, 2021 1:22 PM


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A toxicology report revealed the hot air balloon pilot had marijuana and cocaine in his body in the deadliest hot air balloon crash in New Mexico. Although it’s unclear whether he was impaired – or whether the drugs contributed to the crash – a family is now suing the pilot for the loss of their father.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Martin Martinez’s eldest sons, who claim negligence resulted in their father’s death. The defendants are pilot Nicholas Meleski and Hot Air Balloonatics, the company he flew for.

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