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Many Unaccounted for After Hot Air Balloon Hits Power Line, Catches Fire in Doswell
Posted: May 09, 2014 7:19 PM CST Updated: May 09, 2014 8:23 PM CST
By WRIC Newsroom - email

DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) - Many people are unaccounted for after a hot air balloon hit a power line and caught fire Friday evening at the Meadow Event Park.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on May 9, a hot air balloon struck a power line and caught fire before ascending into the air. According to the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, some passengers were seen jumping from the balloon, while others remain unaccounted for.

At this time it is not known how many people have been injured and how many are missing.

Virginia State Police are responding to the scene and are expected to hold a news conference around 9:30 p.m.

The Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at the Meadow is scheduled to take place at the park on Saturday and Sunday.

Stay with ABC 8News on air, online and on the go for updates on this developing story as they become available.


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horrible way to die

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CBS NEWSMay 10, 2014, 9:11 AM
Witnesses heard pleas for help as balloon fell from sky


A pilot and two passengers were believed to be aboard a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia Friday night.

On Saturday morning, police announced that one body was recovered. Search teams worked throughout the night trying to find the wreckage.

Police said the balloon's gondola caught fire after it hit a power line. Witnesses took photos and said they saw flames and heard screaming.

CBS News' Mark Albert reports from Caroline County, Virginia, that the search zone expanded at daybreak for the crash site as well as for the pilot and two women aboard. The area is heavily wooded, and witnesses fear the worst after watching the balloon fall from the sky.

A cell phone video taken by a witness showed the hot air balloon slowly rising as flames lanced upward from the basket. A plume of black smoke rose above it.

Witnesses heard pleas for help.

"You could hear them screaming, 'Please dear God, sweet Jesus, help us. We're going to die. Oh my God, please help us. Please help us,'" Carrie Hager Bradley said.

CBS affiliate WTVR-TV posted a photo on Twitter taken by Bradley.



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Photo from our newscast sent to us by Carrie Hager Bradley.  She is the one who saw occupants jumping.
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She said she saw the balloon's gondola come apart.

"It was kind of like a pop, but when that happened the basket exploded and debris started falling to the ground," Bradley said.

Virginia State Police said the fire started when the balloon hit some power lines a little before 8 p.m. Friday at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival, about 10 miles north of Richmond, the state capital.

The two passengers aboard were seen jumping from the gondola to escape before it crashed.

Rescue crews struggled to find the wreckage.

"I can't even imagine what those people are going through - to go to this festival and be so excited about a good day and making memories with their family and then not coming home," Bradley said.

The balloon festival was scheduled to continue Saturday and Sunday as well, but organizers have canceled the rest of the events.

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Two of the three people who died when a hot air balloon burst into flames shortly after takeoff Friday night have been identified as coaches for the University of Richmond women's basketball team.

Natalie Lewis, 24, the director of basketball operations, and associate head coach Ginny Doyle, 44, died along with their still-unidentified pilot after the horrific accident, family members confirmed. ...

Horrified onlookers heard the women screaming for help as they desperately jumped from the basket to escape the flames.

'Help me, help me, sweet Jesus, help. I'm going to die. Oh my God, I'm going to die,' witnesses reported hearing one of them scream as the gondola and balloon separated.

The remains of both the pilot and Doyle have been found, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Lewis' remains have not yet been found, but her parents have arrived from Buffalo, New York, to help in the search effort despite teams suspending operations until Sunday due to darkness, the paper reported. ...


'Getting ready to go up!': Natalie Lewis (left) & Ginny Doyle (right) pictured with their pilot only minutes before the trio burned to death

Lewis recently had announced her engagement.  **nononono*

More, with photos, at Daily Mail


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