16 People Die in Balloon Crash in Texas

NTSB investigators are looking into what caused the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history.
1:31 | 08/01/16

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NTSB investigators aren't the seat of the deadliest hot air balloon accident in US history. Looking for answers as to why the balloon went up in flames over the weekend. Tonight here we are learning more about the pilot on board and the fifteen other people who died along with him including newly weds. ABC's David Curley is in law. Late today the hot air balloon basket engulfed in flames falling to the ground with sixteen on board was removed from the scene. As investigators learned that taught that to the blue and was open to release air and the pilot had signaled he was landing is it your sense he was trying to land and hit the power lines. They're being Oakland would be consistent. With a pile of attempting to land. As photos posted in flight by passenger show there were clouds and fog Saturday morning. When there was an explosion the 911 calls came within minutes. Later. Tonight court records show the pilot skip Nichols was convicted of drunk driving four times in Missouri the last 19 years ago. A former girlfriend tells ABC he was a recovering alcoholic sober for many years and now the pictures self these before and during the flight. By excited passengers who perished. A new mother of an eleven month old who was flying with her mother and this couple newly weds the trip a gift for the husband. That pilot spent time in prison twice for those drunk driving convictions balloon pilots are not required to have a medical certificate but they are supposed to self report convictions. David David cruelly what is tonight David think.

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