Balloon community calls for pilot drug tests after toxicology report in deadly crash

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After a toxicology report showed the pilot involved in New Mexico’s deadliest hot air balloon crash had drugs in his system, fellow balloonists are calling for drug testing for pilots. According to the report, Nicholas Meleski had THC and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash that killed himself and four others. In a city known for its beloved hot air balloons, June’s deadly crash rocked many and is still fresh in their minds.

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