FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: DCA16MA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Lockhart, TX
Aircraft: KUBICEK BB85, registration: N2469L
Injuries: 16 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 30, 2016, about 0742 central daylight time, a Balony Kubicek BB85Z hot air balloon, registration N2469L, crashed into a field after striking high voltage powerlines near Lockhart, Texas. The 15 passengers and pilot onboard were fatally injured and the balloon was substantially damaged due to impact forces and post-crash fire. The flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a sightseeing passenger flight.
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Robert Sumwalt, board member with the National Transportation Safety Board, speaks during a press conference, August 1st, 2016, near the site of a hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people on Saturday July 30, 2016 near Maxwell, Texas in Caldwell County.
An investigation is underway after the body of a woman was found this morning in Caldwell County.
The body of a woman was found Thursday morning in Caldwell County. The Discovery was made in a field not far from where sixteen people died last month in a fiery hot air balloon crash.
Typically, most of the commotion this time of the year in Caldwell County is made by farmers clearing fields. But Thursday morning, near the intersection of Jolly Road and FM 2720, all the activity involved the arrival of county deputies. A body of a woman was found.
Gerald Voss, who had to detour around the scene with his load of corn, said the nude body was spotted by the nephew of a local farmer as he drove by. "She was kind of pretty well bruised around the neck like they choked her to death," said Voss.
The scene, west of Lockhart, is not far from the memorial to the victims of last months balloon crash. That scene is also not far from the home of Margaret Wylie, who longs for more quiet days. "More than ready, the quicker it quiets down, the better it's going to be."
Wylie didn't know another tragedy was so close to her doorstep. Investigators say both cases are unrelated but this latest death, for Wylie, adds to the heartbreak she's felt since witnessing the balloon crash that claimed 16 lives. "I pray for them every day and I pray for the families because that's all you can do," said Wylie.
As Wylie says her prayers, investigators hope the evidence collected from the field will provide some answers.
To help with that process, Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law has called in the Texas Rangers.
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