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Number of deaths confirmed in hot air balloon crash

An investigation has now been launched into the crash

A "number of deaths" have been confirmed in a hot air balloon crash in Texas.

An investigation has now been launched after the balloon, believed to be carrying 16 people, caught on fire before crashing near Lockhart around 8.30am local time, according National Transportation Safety Board official Erik Grosof.

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Balloon crash: 'Thoughts and prayers with families'

Nobody is believed to have survived the crash Credit: Reuters

Texas's Governor offered his sympathies to the families of those believed to have been killed in a hot air balloon crash in America.

On Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a balloon carrying at least 16 people had caught fire and crashed near to Lockhart, Texas, at roughly 8.30am.

There are not thought to be any survivors, according to a local sheriff.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community," Governor Greg Abbott said.

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