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One dead, two missing in US hot air balloon fire

Published on May 10, 2014 9:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Searchers have recovered the remains of one of three occupants of a hot air balloon that went up in flames after hitting a power line in the US state of Virginia, police said on Saturday.

The two others were missing in the accident, which occurred on Friday night as the balloon was making its descent in a pre-designated field, said Ms Corrine Geller, spokesman for the Virginia state police.

"We spent all night searching for the wreckage of the basket, the balloon," she told a news conference. "It was just before midnight that we were able to locate one of the occupants."

"At this time, we are still searching for the two others that were in the balloon as well as the wreckage sites of the basket and the balloon itself," she said.

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