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16 dead in fiery balloon crash

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[UPDATE] 2:01 p.m.

Officials provide update on hot air balloon crash in Lockart.

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed on Saturday morning in central Texas. Authorities say no one appears to have survived the calamity.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the balloon caught fire before crashing into a pasture around 7:40 a.m. on Saturday. 

The FAA is continuing to investigate Lunsford said. Lockhart, Texas where the crash occured is approximately 30 miles south of Austin.

The National Transportation Safety Board, a government agency which is responsible for transportation accident related investigations, said their investigative team would arrive in Texas later on Saturday. A spokesman for the organization, Eric Weiss said the agency knows "very, very little right now" about what happened or why the balloon crashed. 


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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