- Hot air balloon carrying 16 people has caught fire and crashed in Texas
- Sheriff office received a 911 call at 7:44 a.m. local time regarding the accident
- All passengers on board are feared to be dead according to the officials
TEXAS, USA – A hot air balloon has caught fire and crashed in Texas; possibly killing all 16 people onboard on Saturday.
BBC News mentioned in an article that Caldwell County sheriff Daniel Law said that it “does not appear” that there are any survivors among the 16 passengers.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the investigation is undergoing and the officials are trying to confirm the identity of those who were among the passengers in this accident.
Law said in a statement that his office received a 911 call at 7:44 a.m. local time about a possible vehicle accident at a spot near Lockhart, Texas.
The officials said the basket portion of the balloon was ablaze when emergency responders and deputies arrived on the scene
“The Balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” the sheriff said.
“Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time,” he added.
An article by Fox News said that Lynn Lunsford from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that hot air balloon crashed into a pasture and the reason why it caught on fire is still unknown.
Lunsford said that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are going to the scene to investigate.
Many online users showed sadness with the unfortunate event, with one saying, “So sad. You know those had to be people on vacation of celebrating an event like an engagement or anniversary. I love the idea of floating in a balloon gondola, but just like skydiving, it’s not something I think I will ever do.”
“Hot air balloon on fire anywhere at any time is not good. Pray for those that lost their life and pray for survivors,” another online user said.