Many people enjoy hot air ballooning as a form of recreation in Texas. A recent tragedy has left the Lockhart community reeling. An investigation has been launched, but many details still remain unknown in the fatal accident that took the lives of at least 16 people.
Although officials have not yet actually confirmed the number of fatalities, a statement was issued that said there seemed to be no survivors. A woman who apparently lives near the scene of the tragedy told reporters that she heard a loud whoosh sound moments before the crash. She then saw a ball of fire shoot up into the air.
Emergency workers received a call to respond to what was possibly a motor vehicle accident. However, when first responders arrived at the scene, they saw the flaming balloon basket lying on the ground. It has been suggested that perhaps the balloon had struck a power line before catching on fire and plummeting to the ground.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the details of the accident, including whether operator error or malfunctioning equipment may have been a causal factor. Senator Ted Cruz offered a public statement expressing his family's condolences to all who were affected by the tragic accident. In the past, Texas families who have suffered the untimely deaths of their loved ones in fatal accidents have often filed wrongful death claims in court to seek recovery for their losses against any who may have been deemed responsible for the deaths. In successful cases, monetary compensation awarded by the court has been used to help offset costs sustained because of a fatal accident.
Source: inquisitr.com, "Firey Balloon Crash In Texas Kills 16", Tylie Eaves, July 30, 2016