José Nolasco and Viridiana Becerril Wiki – José Nolasco and Viridiana Becerril Biography
José Nolasco, 50, and Viridiana Becerril, 39, a married couple died and their daughter was injured after a hot air balloon they were traveling in caught fire, a horrific incident preceded by a heartbreaking photo showing the family posing for one last photo in front of the plane.
The accident took place on Saturday in Mexico City and claimed the lives of two victims, José Nolasco and his wife Viridiana Becerril as confirmed by the Mexican authorities. A video posted to social media by horrified onlookers shows the incident, with the balloon rapidly descending as it burst into flames. Chilling footage also shows occupants falling or jumping out of the craft, much to the dismay of onlookers. The couple’s daughter, identified as Regina Itzani, was also in the balloon, police said, but she is expected to survive. She is believed to have jumped from the ship, with a broken arm and second-degree burns. Her age was not immediately clear. Some emerging reports suggest she was 13, while some social media posts indicate she was 23.
José Nolasco, 50, and Viridiana Becerril were 39 years old.
Couple dies after balloon catches fire in Mexico
Yesterday, a selfie photo of the family taken moments before the hot air balloon caught fire was circulating on social networks when it was learned that the trip was a surprise birthday present that Regina and her father had organized for Viridiana. Reyna Gloria Sarmiento, Regina’s grandmother, told the local press that the teenager had not yet been told that her parents had died. She added: “It was the birthday of my daughter Viridiana, Regina’s mother, and they had prepared this trip as a surprise for her.” Saying that her granddaughter was “conscious” and stable at the hospital, Gloria also revealed that she had hugged her parents before jumping from the hot air balloon.
Images of the tragedy taken by a bystander showed the hot air balloon deflating as flames engulfed the basket below where the Mexican family enjoyed their ride. The viewer could be heard saying in Spanish, ‘My God, people are falling’ as one person fell to the ground. It was not immediately clear if that person was Regina or the pilot of the hot air balloon who is said to have been the second person to jump from the basket when she was engulfed in flames. It was believed that her whereabouts were still unknown today/yesterday.
An investigation into the tragedy is ongoing. Initial local reports said it could be related to a fuel storage system failure. Officials from the city council of Caujimalpa de Morelos, west of Mexico City, where the family came from, said in a statement: “We send our condolences to the family, friends, and acquaintances of José Nolasco and Viridiana Becerril, who died in the Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Tragedy”. Our solidarity and prayers are with Regina and we wish her a speedy recovery.”