Hot Air Balloon Crash: What We Know
A hot air balloon tragically crashed in Lockhart, Texas on Saturday, July 30, killing 16 passengers.
On Saturday morning, law enforcement responded to an emergency call at approximately 7:45 AM CDT regarding a possible auto accident near Lockhart but instead discovered a hot air balloon’s basket burning on the ground. Although it is not clear what caused the balloon to catch fire, investigators believe that the hot air balloon may have struck a power line before catching fire and crashing to the ground.
The hot air balloon is reportedly owned and operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, a company that charters balloon rides from various locations in central Texas. The crash occurred near Austin and San Antonio in an area known for attracting adventure-seekers interested in skydiving and ballooning.
Hot Air Balloon Crash: The Investigation
Saturday’s accident remains under active investigation. While many details of the crash are unknown, this stage of the investigation is the most crucial. Like helicopters and airplanes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers hot air balloons aircraft. The Lambert Firm handles all types of aviation/aircraft cases such as fixed wing, propeller, jet, rotor, and balloon cases and has coordinated investigations with aviation experts to determine the cause of various accidents. While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) typically conducts comprehensive investigations relating to balloon and aviation accidents, it is essential to have additional investigators on the scene as soon as possible to begin to piece together the cause of the crash. The Lambert Firm has handled cases involving personal injuries due to negligent balloon operators as well as equipment failure.
Attorney Hugh Lambert is a licensed commercial pilot with jet type ratings and is familiar with the FAA flight rules and regulations regarding all aircraft including hot air balloons. The attorneys at The Lambert Firm know the ins and outs of NTSB rules, regulations, and procedures and have more than 30 years of experience handling aviation cases.
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