Investigation Continues in Deadly Balloon Crash
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Investigators have uncovered more details leading up to what officials
are calling the deadliest hot air balloon
accident in U.S. history. Sixteen people were killed last Saturday in Texas after
the hot air balloon crashed into power lines. The balloon ride was owned
and operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides in San Marcos, Texas.
According to details released by investigators, fifteen passengers gathered
at the San Marcos Wal-Mart parking lot early Saturday morning at 5:45
a.m. to met up with the balloon operator. The group then traveled to Fentress
Texas Airpark. According to the ground crew statements, the launch was
20 minutes behind and did not take off until around 7:00 a.m. The balloon
came into contact with electrical wires at 7:42 a.m. Witness says it went
up in flames. The hot air balloon with sixteen passengers, including the
pilot, traveled just eight miles before it crashed, killing everyone on
board. The basket was discovered nearly three-quarters of a mile away
from the balloon.
According to the NTSB and other medical professionals, identification of
the victims will take some time. The Federal Aviation Administration database
lists the former Missouri pilot a commercial pilot and owner of Air Balloon
Sports LLC, in Chesterfield before he moved to Texas. Friends of the pilot
claim he was a good man and a great pilot. The pilot told friends he was
leaving the St. Louis area to Texas because of competition.
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