US balloonists plunged at 50 mph, likely dead

This image provided by Robin Macey shows balloonists Carol Rymer Davis, left, and Richard Abruzzo launching for the Gordon Bennett gas balloon race at Bristol, England, on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010. Abruzzo and Davis were participating in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race when contact was lost Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, 2010, over the Adriatic Sea. (AP Photo/Robin Macey)

October 1, 2010 1:43:40 PM PDT
Two missing American balloonists plunged toward the Adriatic Sea at 50 mph (80 kph) before disappearing from radar screens and likely didn't survive, race organizers said Friday.