Indiana nurse Katie Bartrom: What we know about her & the Arizona hot air balloon incident

Indiana nurse Katie Bartrom
Indiana nurse Katie Bartrom

Katie Bartrom has been identified as one of the victims who lost their lives in Arizona hot air balloon crash.

Katie’s family revealed she died in Sunday morning’s crash that left four dead and one seriously injured.

Katie Bartrom was 28 years old at the time of her demise and a nurse by profession.

She was from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Katie Bartrom studied Nursing at Ivy Tech Community College and graduated in 2022.

The Arizona hot air balloon incident

Police said the aircraft crashed into the desert around five miles north of the city of Eloy at around 7.50am.

Thirteen people – eight skydivers, four passengers and a pilot – had been in the balloon, according to Eloy Mayor Micah Powell.

A witness who saw the last 10 seconds of the balloon’s descent described it as shapeless, deflated and coming straight down, the mayor added.

The eight skydivers leaped from the aircraft before the incident, leaving five people on board.

‘What we know at this point is the skydivers were able to exit the balloon without incident and completed their planned skydiving event, and then shortly thereafter something catastrophic happened with the balloon causing it to crash to the ground,’ Eloy Police Chief Byron Gwaltney told reporters.

Gwaltney said the balloon came from outside the city and the skydivers intended to touch down at the Eloy Municipal Airport, just down the road from the scene of the accident.

‘The incident appeared to occur very quickly,’ he added, calling it ‘an absolute tragedy’ for the community.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other three died at a hospital. Another passenger remains in critical condition at a Phoenix-area trauma center.

‘Out of respect for their privacy, the names of the victims are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin,’ the Eloy Police Department said in a press release.

‘The Eloy Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those involved in this heartbreaking incident.’

Officials have yet to release any information about the deceased, other than that they are all adults and not all of them hail from Arizona.

Flyover video from FOX 10 Phoenix shows the balloon crumpled in the dirt near the intersection of Sunshine Boulevard and Hanna Road.

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