Archive for December, 2010

Fog Forces Rerouting of Some Puglia Flights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

DEC.21 ‒ Airport officials at Bari-Palese and Brindisi reported today that poor visibility due to fog is causing some commercial airline flights to be diverted to other destinations. Some flights out of Bari-Palese and Brindisi have been delayed.

Bodies of American balloonists recovered off Vieste

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The bodies of two American balloonists missing since Sept. 29 have been recovered in the Adriatic Sea off the coastal resort of Vieste. The newspaper La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (

  • ) reports the bodies were found 12 miles off the coast in their balloon’s gondola by the crew of a Manfredonia-based fishing boat. The balloonists, Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis, were taking part in the “Gordon Bennett” international balloon race and had departed Bristol, England, on Sept. 25. They radioed that their balloon was plunging off the coast of Vieste just before they disappeared from radar. They were the subject of an intense search operation that involved numerous Italian Coast Guard, police and Guardia di Finanza vessels, along with Coast Guard, Fire Brigade, Guardia di Finanza, Air Force and U.S. military aircraft. The search was called off on Oct. 4 when authorities determined there was no hope the balloonists would be found alive. It is thought the balloon may have been struck by lightning before it fell into the sea at a rapid rate of speed.