Al Kuwaitiah  

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Share |
Facebook Twitter Google+
1 body found, 2 missing after hot air balloon bursts into flames, crashes in Virginia

 

The rescue effort at the site of a hot air balloon crash in Virginia has transitioned into a recovery operation, officials said Saturday.

There were three occupants in the hot air balloon, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said. One body has been recovered so far.

The hot air balloon drifted into power lines, burst into flames and crashed into the countryside 25 miles north of Richmond on Friday night.

Images from the scene showed the balloon soaring in the air with its gondola ablaze.

'I'm going to die'

Those aboard the balloon pleaded for their lives, Carrie Hager-Bradley told CNN affiliate WWBT.

"They were just screaming for anybody to help them. 'Help me, help me, sweet Jesus, help, I'm going to die. Oh my God, I'm going to die,'" she said.

Her daughter told her she saw someone falling out of the basket. Then Hager-Bradley also saw someone plummeting to the ground.

Officers beat paths through thick forests and over difficult terrain in the dark to look for them, Geller said earlier.

No traces

State troopers hope to find the balloon and its basket, but so far, they have seen no trace of anyone or anything, Geller said. They searched through the night with the help of police from two counties and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Balloon and gondola detached after the flames burst out, witnesses told police, so rescuers are fanning out over two areas in hopes of finding them.

State troopers want to send up aircraft to scour the rural area from above, but stormy weather on the horizon saw them grounded early Saturday, Geller said.

Inclement weather was not a factor during the balloon's flight, Geller said.

Comments
Website Comments Facebook Comments
Add Comment
Name
Comment

  
A Must See
The 13th summit session of the Organization of Islamic ...
Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ...
Alkuwaityah newspaper - All Copyright Reserved 2013
Developed By