Bal­loon in deadly crash likely hit power line

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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