16 Killed in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash The balloon caught fire and crashed into a Texas pasture By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Jul 30, 2016 11:06 AM CDT 29 comments Comments Police cars block access to the site where a hot air balloon crashed early Saturday in Texas. (AP Photo/James Vertuno) (Newser) – A hot air balloon has crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people aboard, NBC News reports. According to the ABC News, a fire started in the basket of the hot air balloon before the balloon crashed into a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday morning. The site of the crash appears to be underneath large, high-capacity power lines, the AP reports. Their possible role in the incident is unclear. Officials are continuing to investigate the crash.