Gordon Bennett balloonists believed dead
Two missing US balloonists are believed to be dead after their craft suffered 'a sudden and unexpected failure' over the Adriatic.
Organisers of the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race say Richard Abruzzo, 47, and Carol Rymer Davis, 65, were almost certainly killed in a tragic accident.
The US pair have been missing since Wednesday morning when race organisers lost contact with them as they were flying between Italy and Croatia.
US and Croatian search and rescue teams joined a huge search for the Americans, led by the Italian coastguard.
Croatian coastal aircraft crews are scouring the area around the uninhabited islet of Palagruza, 29 nautical miles off the coast of Italy.
Organisers said they had analysed data from tracking units in the Adriatic shortly before contact was lost and believe something terrible had happened.