This is incredibly sad. All 16 people died while aboard a hot air balloon, as it burst into flames while it reportedly struck power lines and plunged into a field. This according to eyewitnesses who saw the freak accident take place.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the fiery crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m. (1240 GMT) near Lockhart, a town about 30 miles (50 km) south of Austin, the Texas capital.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said 16 people were believed to have been aboard the balloon and that there were no survivors. The Texas Department of Public Safety also confirmed that 16 people were dead.
Emergency responders in Texas said the basket portion of the hot-air balloon, which carries the passenger and crew, had caught fire. Aerial television footage from the aftermath of the accident showed remnants of the red, white and blue balloon, adorned with a large, yellow smiley face wearing sunglasses, lying flattened at the crash site.
The National Transportation Safety Board offered no details on what may have caused the accident, which occurred on a clear day. But a spokesman at the scene said teams from that agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were being dispatched to help in evidence-gathering. Source
Our prayers are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives during this accident.
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