July 2016: Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 16

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

U.S. News | Disasters & Science News

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Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 16
Image of police cars blocking the road to the crash site
On July 30, 2016, a hot air balloon crashes into a high-power transmission line in Texas causing the balloon to catch fire. The pilot and the 15 passengers on board are killed in the accident. The operating company suspends all further flights and refunds customers. Skip Nichols, the pilot who died, had a history of drunken-driving convictions and the crash triggers scrutiny of the FAA's regulations on hot air balloon pilots.
Photo source: AP Photo/James Vertuno
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