Balloon in deadly crash likely hit power line
A hot air balloon which went down in a fiery crash in a Texas pasture, killing all 16 people on board, likely struck a power line. “There’s physical evidence to indicate the balloon or some component of the balloon hit the wires themselves,” US National Transportation Safety Board official Robert Sumwalt said on July 31 near the crash site. A power line runs prominently across the field. It was one of the deadliest hot air balloon crashes in history. Collisions with power lines are a leading cause of hot air balloon accidents.