At least 16 feared dead in air balloon crash in Texas

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said that his agency's investigative team should arrive later Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: July 30, 2016 10:32 pm
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At least 16 people were killed on Saturday after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed at Lochhart in Texas, reported media.

The accident occurred shortly after 7:40 am (1240 GMT), when the balloon crashed into a field near Lockhart, around 30 miles (50 miles) south of Austin, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

“It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said in a statement, according to his office. The sheriff’s office said it was working to determine the identities of those aboard the balloon.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered his condolences to those killed in the crash. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community,” he said in a statement.

There was no immediate official confirmation of possible fatalities or injuries. FAA investigators are on their way to the site, Lunsford said, with the National Transportation Safety Board taking charge of the probe.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said that his agency’s investigative team should arrive later Saturday. Weiss said the safety agency knows “very, very little right now” about what happened.

(With inputs from AP and Reuters)

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