Hot air balloon crash kills 16 people

Posted BY: KLKN Newsroom

UPDATE: Hot air balloon crashed in Texas after striking high-voltage power line and catching fire, FAA officials say.


A large hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught fire this morning and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Sixteen people aboard the craft have been confirmed dead, Texas authorities said.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 7:44 a.m. local time about a possible vehicle accident. The fire apparently broke out during flight in the basket portion of the hot air balloon.

"Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time," the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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