Oct 1, 2010 5:02 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Doomed balloon plunged from sky at 50 mph

A balloon carrying a Colorado woman and her flight partner plunged from the sky at 50 mph, making survival of the pair unlikely.

Carol Rymer-Davis of Denver and Richard Abruzzo of Albuquerque have been missing since Wednesday, when their balloon disappeared during a thunderstorm over the Adriatic Sea. The pair were competing in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race when they vanished. An intense search has found no sign of them.

An analysis of transponder readings recorded Wednesday revealed the rate of descent. Both families have been informed of the development.

Davis and her family have been deeply involved in the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic.



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