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Balloon crash: Pilot named as Skip Nichols

Skip Nichols (centre) on another flight Credit: Facebook

The pilot in charge of a hot air balloon that crashed on Saturday, killing all 16 people on board, has been named as Skip Nichols.

It is believed the 16 people were aboard for an hour-long flight arranged by the Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides company.

Mr Nichols is believed to be the company's chief pilot.

The accident is likely to be one of the deadliest hot air balloon crashes on record.

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Balloon crash: 16 dead and no survivors, officials confirm

Nobody survived the crash, officials confirmed Credit: Reuters

Officials have confirmed that 16 people were killed when a hot air balloon crashed in Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that nobody survived the crash, which is believed to have happened after a fire broke out in the balloon's basket.

Balloon crash: Witness describes seeing 'huge fireball'

One witness believes the balloon hit a power line Credit: Reuters

An eyewitness to a fatal balloon crash in Texas which is believed to have killed 16 people described the scene as a "huge fireball".

Margaret Wylie, who lives near the crash site, said she believed that before it crashed the balloon hit high power lines, which caused popping sounds like a gun going off.

"It went up like a big fireball," she described.

The wreckage of the balloon appears to rest under a number of power lines.

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.

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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