Hot air balloon crashes south of Austin, kills 16

A hot-air balloon operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides crashed into high-tension power lines before coming to a violent landing in a pasture about 30 miles south of Austin on Saturday, July 30. The Lockhart accident resulted in the death of 16 individuals.

The hot-air balloon’s pilot, identified as 49-year-old Alfred “Skip” Nichols, moved to Texas from St. Louis, Missouri in 2014. Despite the negative press the pilot is receiving, his roommate, Alan Lirette, had nice things to say. “That’s the only thing I want to talk about, is that he’s a great pilot,” Lirette said. After the accident, police collected 14 personal devices, including cell phones and cameras. The police will use their findings to investigate the accident. As of yet, the victim’s identities have not been revealed.

At the Benton Law Firm, we see how difficult it is to recover from tragedies such as this one. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.

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