New Delhi: At least 16 people were killed on Saturday morning after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near Lockhart, a city in the central Texas.

The accident occurred around 7.40 am local time when the hot air balloon caught fire in the air and crashed killing everybody on board, reports quoted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as saying.

According to safety sources, the carrier may have struck power lines when it went down in pastureland near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin. The area is often used for balloon landings.

Local police also confirmed the accident saying in a statement that “the balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash,” according to local TV station ABC13.

In its Safety Recommendation, the National Transportation Safety Board had called for better regulation of hot air balloon flights in the US. It said air tour balloon operators should be subject to greater regulatory oversight.

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