Early Saturday morning, a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed into a pasture, resulting in the death of all 16 passengers onboard. Local authorities report that the crash occurred at roughly 7:45 a.m. in Lockhart, Texas, around Jolly Road north of Cistern Road, just 30 miles south of Austin.
The sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call reporting a possible vehicle collision. Once responders made it to the scene, they recognized the reported fire as the basket from the hot air balloon.
Officials for the Federal Aviation Administration state that the hot air balloon crashed and caught fire after hitting a high voltage power line. The site where the hot air balloon crashed appeared to be just below the overhead lines that stand nearly 5 stories tall.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board head the investigation.