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TiredOldHack
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Balloon crashes are incredibly rare. I think the only form of aircraft that’s safer than a balloon is a commercial jet.

Basically, they’re unbelievably over-engineered, the power system is as simple and reliable as it gets, and even if you have a total power failure, unless you’re very high, you won’t hit the ground very hard.

The few crashes have almost all been due to pilot error: hitting power lines, colliding with another balloon, or a fire in the basket due to cack-handed changing of gas cylinders.