At least 16 people have died following the crash of a hot air balloon in central Texas on Saturday, July 30th 2016 and it appears that there are no survivors.
The statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said the hot air balloon burst into flames while in flight at approximately 7:40am local time and then crashed into a pasture close to Lockhart approximately 30 miles south of Austin. The video of the crash is shown below.
Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law in his statement said that at the time of reporting there did not seem to be any survivors of the crash. Investigations are been carried out by investigators from local and federal authorities including the National Traffic Safety Board, FBI evidence response team, weather experts, victim identification experts and other specialists.
The NTSB is sketchy on details of the accident for now and will be till investigations are concluded. According to the NTSB official, the balloon ride was provided by a company called Heart of Texas. The sheriff stated that to his knowledge the company did not have a passenger list, He said “When it’s a balloon ride like this anybody can buy tickets, anybody can get off.” The texas hot air balloon crash victims have been identified as seen in the video below.
The crash has been described as the deadliest hot air balloon crash in the history of the US.Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said in his statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community.”