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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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US Navy confirms second fatality from Virginia crash

The US Navy has confirmed that a seconf crew member has died after a helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia.

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#BREAKING: #USNavy confirms two fatalities from MH-53E crash off coast of #Norfolk, VA. Search continues for 1 missing.

Two crew members who survived and were hoisted from the water remain in hospital and one is in a serious condition, the Associated Press reports.

Helicopter crash survivor in Virginia to undergo surgery

One of the survivors of a US Navy helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia is about to undergo surgery, the military has said.

Captain Todd Flannery, commander of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, told a news conference that the two other survivors are in stable condition in a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Capt. Flannery reiterated that one crew member had died and another remains missing.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, he added.

US Navy searching for fifth helicopter crew member

The US Navy has confirmed that it is still looking for a crew member of the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter after it went down off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.

One fatality has been confirmed following the incident:

Three crew members are being evaluated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time.

The search for the fifth crew member is continuing.

The identity of the deceased crew member will not be released until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin.

– US Navy statement

Read: US Navy confirms one dead in Virginia helicopter crash

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