Hot air balloon catches on fire, crashes in TX... At least 16 on board... No survivors...
A hot air balloon carrying 16 people caught fire and crashed into a field near Lockhart in central Texas, in what is likely the second-deadliest ballooning accident in history.
"It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors," said the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.
Police said that they answered a 911 call at 7.44 a.m. on Saturday, claiming that there was a road vehicle fire about 30 miles (48km) south of state capital Austin.
“When the Emergency Responders and the Sheriff’s Office arrived it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of a hot air balloon.”
Officers then saw that the balloon “was occupied” and are now “determining the number and identities of the victims.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed “deepest condolences” and promised an investigation into the “heartbreaking tragedy.”
BREAKING: DPS confirms fatalities after a hot air balloon crash this morning on 796 Jolly Road in Caldwell County.— Jenni Lee (@JenniL_KVUE) July 30, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the crash took place 30 miles (48km) south of state capital Austin at about 7.40 a.m. on Saturday morning. Both, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have sent experts to the scene to investigate.
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