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No Survivors Found in Central Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

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As reported by CBS News, a hot air balloon crashed and caught on fire in Central Texas on Saturday, and no one survived the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said that at least 16 people were on board the balloon, which caught fire before crashing into a pasture shortly after 7:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, which is about 30 miles south of Austin.

The surrounding land near the crash site is farmland for corn crops and grazing cattle. A row of massive high-capacity transmission lines about 4 to 5 stories tall run through the farmland. The site of the crash appears to be right beneath the overhead power lines, though authorities have not confirmed the details.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that investigators are determining the number of victims and their identities. The sheriff’s office also said it was apparent that the fire was in the basket portion of the balloon.

According to FOX News, Sheriff Daniel Law said at the time of the report, “The balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” the sheriff said. “Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked Texas to join in praying for those lost. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community,” he said in a statement.

Lunsford said that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are going to the scene to investigate and more details will be given as the investigation proceeds.