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Third body found in US hot air balloon horror

Published on May 12, 2014 8:27 AM
 
Witnesses watched in horror last Friday as the balloon caught fire in the evening sky after hitting a power line as it was coming down into a pre-designated field near the state capital Richmond. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/LYNN SHULTZ

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Rescue personnel on Sunday located the body of the third and final victim from a hot-air balloon that burst into flames upon its descent in the US state of Virginia.

Witnesses watched in horror last Friday as the balloon caught fire in the evening sky after hitting a power line as it was coming down into a pre-designated field near the state capital Richmond.

The burning balloon then surged back up, before plummeting down again and smashing into the ground.

The balloon and gondola separated at some point, witnesses said, and the pilot had attempted to fight the fire while flying the balloon.

 
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