LOCKHART, Texas — There are no survivors in the crash of a hot air balloon on Saturday in Lockhart, Texas, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.
There were 16 people on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The large hot-air balloon caught fire in flight and crashed in a central Texas pasture Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Video being shared by several news outlets and circulated on social media that purportedly shows the aftermath of the crash was originally filmed in 2012 (see below).
The original YouTube video was posted on March 29, 2012.
Here’s the latest information on the crash:
— The National Transportation Safety Board says the FBI is working with it to help document the scene, which is now secured for evidence collection.
— An NTSB spokesman held a brief news conference near the scene Saturday afternoon, saying the accident involved a “significant loss of life,” although he would not give an exact number of dead. “There were a number of fatalities,” he said.
— “This will be a difficult site for us to work through,” the NTSB spokesman said.
— CNN’s Ed Lavandera says the area, which lies between Austin and San Antonio, is popular for weekend excursions such as ballooning or skydiving.
— FAA representative Lynn Lunsford said the crash happened around 7:40 a.m. CT near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin.
— Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.
“Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences for all those who have been affected by today’s heartbreaking tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community. The investigation into the cause of this tragic accident will continue, and I ask all of Texas to join us in praying for those lost.”
— If 16 people died, that would be an unprecedented death toll for a hot air balloon crash in the United States. The highest number of deaths in a single hot air balloon crash in the country before Saturday was six, in a 1993 accident in Colorado, according to the NTSB.
— In 2013, 19 people died in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt, near the ancient city of Luxor. That was the world’s deadliest hot air balloon accident in at least 20 years.
— The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating the Texas crash.