Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in central Texas on Saturday, officials said.
The accident occurred shortly after 7:40 am on Saturday, when the balloon crashed into a field near Lockhart, around 30 miles (50 miles) south of Austin, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.
“It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” the Caldwell County sheriff’s office said, which received an emergency call about a possible accident.
“When the Emergency Responders and the Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene, it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of a hot air balloon,” it added in a statement posted on Twitter.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered condolences to those affected by the crash.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community,” he said in a statement.
May their souls rest in peace.