Hirunews Logo
Hot+air+balloon+with+16+aboard+crashes+in+Texas%3B+no+survivors
Sunday, 31 July 2016 - 9:08
Hot air balloon with 16 aboard crashes in Texas; no survivors
5,129

Views
A hot air balloon believed to be carrying 16 people caught fire in the air and crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning, killing everybody on board, federal and local authorities said.

The balloon may have struck power lines when it went down around 7:30 a.m. in pastureland near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin, in an area often used for balloon landings, a county judge and public safety source said.

"First I heard a whoosh," Margaret Wylie, who lives near the crash site, told CNN affiliate TWC. "And then a big ball of fire (went) up. I'd say it got as high up as those lower electric lines."

If investigators confirm 16 people died, the crash will be the most fatal hot air balloon accident in United States history.
Make a Comment
Make a Comment

DOWNLOAD HIRUNEWS APP ON ANDROID & APPLE
Train services recommence
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 15:46
The week long railway strike ended last morning (13) after a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama agreed to look into the issues... Read More
News Image
Hiru News Programme Segments
522 Views
6,796 Views
5,998 Views
13,920 Views
357 Views
8,302 Views
Top