A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people has caught fire and crashed in Central Texas, in what is thought to be the deadliest ballooning accident ever in the United States, Independent UK reports.
Caldwell County Sheriff, Daniel Law announced that there did not appear to be any survivors from the accident, and that the scene had been turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement that the balloon, thought to be carrying 16 passengers and crew, came down in a field close to the town of Lockhart at around 7.40am on Saturday. A fire reportedly broke out in the basket of the balloon during the early morning flight. According to CNN, investigators believed the balloon had struck some power lines.