Fiery crash of hot-air balloon kills 16 in central Texas


A hot-air balloon burst into flames over central Texas on Saturday after apparently striking power lines and plunged into a field, killing all 16 people aboard in one of the deadliest such accidents on record, police and eyewitnesses said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the fiery crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m. (8.40 a.m. ET) near Lockhart, a town about 30 miles (50 km) south of Austin, the Texas capital.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said 16 people were believed to have been aboard the balloon and that there were no survivors. The Texas Department of Public Safety also confirmed that 16 people were dead.

Fiery crash of hot-air balloon kills 16 in central Texas | Reuters


DPS confirms 16 dead in balloon crash near Lockhart

Lockhart hot air balloon crash: Texas DPS confirms 16 dead |


Not far from where I live, very sad ending, can you imagine, looking up and seeing the balloon on fire as you begin falling thru the sky, what a horrible way to go, to see it coming like that…


Don I agree. That’s a horrible way to go. I saw the Central Texas part & thought that it might be close to here. We used to get a lot of balloons coming here to take off. Lockhart isn’t that close though. It’s about a 5 or so hour trip.


Where you at, up N?


San Angelo.