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Police find third body after hot air balloon explosion

Search teams in Virginia, US have found the body of the third person who died when a hot air balloon struck a power line and plummeted to the ground in flames.

A third body has been discovered after a balloon hit power lines and exploded in Virginia, US
A third body has been discovered after a balloon hit power lines and exploded in Virginia, US Credit: APTN

The body was found during a search by about 100 people in a wooded area near the crash site, about 100 yards north of where the second body was discovered on Saturday.

Police did not say if the body found on Sunday was the pilot or one of the passengers, and are still looking for the wreckage of the balloon and basket.

Read: Three missing after hot air balloon accident in Virginia

One still missing after hot air balloon accident kills two

Police said two people died after a hot air balloon hit power lines and exploded in Virginia, US, but a search is ongoing for a third person who was also in the balloon's basket.

More than 100 people have joined the search on the ground for the third person, but police have not yet identified the two people who died in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said there were eyewitness reports that two people were seen tumbling from the basket after the balloon caught fire, but said it was unclear if they fell or jumped.

Read: Hot air balloon catches fire and crashes at US festival

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One body found after hot air balloon accident

Officials in the US state of Virginia say they have found one body following an accident where a hot air balloon hit power lines and burst into flames, NBC reports.

Two more people are missing presumed dead following the incident near the town of Doswell.

The balloon burst into flames after hitting power lines, officials said. Credit: APTN

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said:

"We are still looking for the other two [people] and the wreckage," she said. "Of course our goal right now is to locate the other two occupants."

Three missing after hot air balloon accident in Virginia

Three people are missing following a hot air balloon accident in the US state of Virginia.

The balloon burst into flames after hitting a power line in the town of Doswell on Friday evening.

Virginia state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said: "Witnesses tell us they heard two explosions from the hot air balloon and at one point the gondola and the balloon separated and then the baloon took off at a rapid pace."

The balloon caught fire after apparently hitting a power line. Credit: APTN

Officials say they are now searching for two crash sites, one where the balloon landed and another where the gondola landed.

There was a pilot and two passengers on board, but search parties have yet to find any wreckage or any sign of the missing people.

Hot air balloon catches fire and crashes at US festival

A hot air balloon has caught fire and crashed in the US state of Virginia, according to NBC news.

The accident happened on the eve of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival.

Casualties are currently unknown.

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Four safe after balloon crash-lands in Cornwall

A hot air balloon seen "spinning uncontrollably" has crash-landed in sand dunes in Cornwall.

Four people were on board when the balloon had to make an emergency landing in the Crantock area of Newquay in Cornwall.

They were unharmed during the incident, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

The fire service was alerted to the incident at 8.09pm on Sunday by Newquay Airport officials, who had been in contact with the balloon.

Newlyweds' hot air balloon crashes after ceremony

A wedding ceremony aboard a hot air balloon got off to a bumpy start when strong winds forced the pilot to make a crash landing in the back garden of a family home.

San Diego Fire Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said that one of the 14 people onboard suffered a minor back injury in the incident on Monday.

The marrying couple, Kerin and Jonathan Narcisse, told a local television station that the gust of wind caught the balloon just after they exchanged their vows, causing it to sway over a residential neighbourhood.

The lucky couple continued to their reception after the crash.

Hot air balloon tangled in power lines

Hot air balloon crash
A hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Northamptonshire Credit: Mark Nelson/ITV News

A hot air balloon crashed into power lines near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, leaving its basket suspended 45ft above the ground.

UK Power Networks said just two customers, who take electricity directly from the high-voltage network, lost power due to the incident.

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