Officials believe no survivors in Texas balloon crash

16 people were killed after a hot air balloon crashed near Lockhart (Photo: Lauren Lanmon/KXAN)

(Lockhart, Tx.) Authorities believe there are no survivors after a hot air balloon crashed near Lockhart Saturday morning.

Federal investigators say at least 16 people were in the balloon when it caught fire in flight, crashing in a field just west of Lockhart around 7:40 a.m. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says 911 callers initially reported a vehicle crash on Jolly Road near Cistern Road, near the town of Maxwell, but when they arrived they determined it was the basket portion of the hot air balloon.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirms 16 people onboard died in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both headed to the scene.

The names of pilots and passengers have not yet been released.

Lockhart is about 30 miles south of Austin.

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