At least 16 feared dead as balloon crashes near power lines
Authorities say it appears no one survived the crash of a hot air balloon with at least 16 people aboard.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said caught fire before crashing into a pasture shortly after 7:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, about 30 miles south of Austin.
The land near the crash site is mostly farmland, with corn crops and grazing cattle. Cutting through that farmland is a row of massive, high-capacity transmission lines, and the site of the crash appears to be right below the overhead lines.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that investigators are determining the number of victims and their identities.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating.