LOCKHART, Texas — Sixteen people died after the hot air balloon they were riding in caught fire and crashed in central Texas Saturday morning, according to authorities.
There were no survivors in the crash in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to CNN affiliate TWC News Austin.
The number of fatalities is unprecedented. The highest number of fatalities in a single hot air balloon crash in the U.S. before this incident was six, according to the NTSB.
FAA representative Lynn Lunsford said the crash happened around 7:40 a.m. CT near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.