Hundreds of balloon pilots take off at annual New Mexico fiesta

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Pilot Leigh Spicer flies his hot air balloon in Edmonton, Alberta.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons above Albuquerque went off without a hitch Saturday morning.

Pilots began launching shortly after 7 a.m. at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The majority of balloons appeared to be floating south and winds were about 4 mph (6.4 kph), officials said.

All the balloons landed safely around the city a few hours later, authorities said.

This year’s colorful balloons include one shaped like the head of Yoda and another like Darth Vader from “Star Wars.”

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Organizers equipped all 550 pilots with tablet computers capable of running a mapping application that enabled them to steer clear of the many restricted areas or prohibited zones like airport flight paths, the zoo and other locations.

In this Oct. 1, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard arrives on scene off the coast of Miami to respond to a report of a man aboard an inflatable hydro bubble who was disoriented. Coast Guard air crew were able to safely pick up Reza Baluchi and the bubble Saturday, Oct. 4, Coast Guard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said in a statement.
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