BREAKING: 18 Dead In Texas – Developing…

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A hot air balloon carrying 18 people has caught on fire and crashed in Texas, with local authorities saying it “does not appear” that there are any survivors.

“The balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” Daniel Law, the Caldwell County sheriff, said in a statement. “Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time.”

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He said when emergency responders and deputies arrived on the scene it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of a hot air balloon.

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The crash took place near high-voltage power lines, though authorities have not yet speculated on its cause.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the accident happened shortly after 7:40 am local time Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, when the hot air balloon crashed into a pasture.

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Greg Abbott, Texas’s governor, released a statement calling the crash a “heartbreaking tragedy”.

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Lockhart is about 30 miles south of Austin. The crash took place in a rural area, made up of farmland with grazing livestock and open fields.

This appears to be the worst hot air balloon disaster since a 2013 crash in Luxor, Egypt that left 19 foreign tourists dead.

[Sources – The Telegraph FOX]

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