Three People Die In Fiery Hot Air Balloon Accident


This Photo Was Uploaded Only Minutes Before the Crash

Three people, including two University of Richmond coaches, were killed after a hot air balloon brushed against a power line and burst into flames.  Their flight was delayed by fog, but the pilot decided to still go ahead after the delay.  Witnesses said the pilot took safety precautions after the brush against the power line, but the hot air balloon exploded.

Police have found bodies of two of the victims, but have yet to find the balloon or the basket.  The accident occurred on the eve of the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival.  Two of the victims, Natalie Lewis and Ginny Doyle, were members of the women’s basketball coaching team at the University of Richmond.


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