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No Survivors Expected After Hot Air Balloon Carrying at Least 16 People Crashes in Texas


The accident happened about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas.

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LOCKHART, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) — Federal officials say a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas. Authorities say there appear to be no survivors.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Saturday that investigators are determining the number of victims and their identities.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the accident happened about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, when the hot air balloon crashed into a pasture.

Lunsford said that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are going to the scene to investigate.

Lockhart is about 30 miles south of Austin.

This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.

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