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The Wall Street Journal: Texas hot-air balloon hit power line, officials say

MAXWELL, Texas — A hot-air balloon hit at least one electrical transmission line before all 16 people on board died in a fiery crash in Central Texas on Saturday, prompting accident experts to delve into weather conditions, pilot actions and equipment issues, according to the first official release of information by federal investigators.

At a Sunday press conference in the middle of a rural pasture bisected by power lines and towers about 30 miles south of Austin, Robert Sumwalt, the on-scene member of the National Transportation Safety Board, said preliminary indications pointed to some type of collision between a portion of the balloon and part of that electrical grid.

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