The Wall Street Journal: Hot-air balloon crashes in Central Texas, killing 16

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Authorities investigate the site of a hot air balloon accident in Maxwell, Texas on July 30, 2016.

A hot-air balloon crashed into a Central Texas pasture on Saturday, apparently after catching fire while in flight, killing 16 people.

The crash occurred near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin. The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the number of dead.

Preliminary information suggested part of the large balloon, which had a gondola carrying passengers slung underneath, may have hit a power line before crashing.

Further details weren’t expected to be released until a team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene.

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