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Police Find Third Body From Hot-Air-Balloon Crash

A hot-air balloon that was believed to have caught fire and crashed in Virginia, on May 10, 2014.
A hot-air balloon that was believed to have caught fire and crashed in Virginia, on May 10, 2014. Nancy Johnson—AP

Authorities in Virginia confirmed on Sunday finding a third body north of Richmond from a fiery hot-air balloon crash on Friday. The names of the victims have not been officially released, but family members and colleagues of the passengers have come forward

Virginia police have found the body of a third person aboard a hot-air balloon that exploded Friday after colliding with a power line near Richmond, Va.

Searchers found the third body at 11 a.m. on Sunday, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said during a press conference Sunday. The bodies of the two other people on board the balloon at the time of the crash had previously been found.

A person who witnessed the incident told NBC she could hear the cries of those on board.

“They were just screaming for anybody to help them,” Carrie Hager-Bradley said. “‘Help me, help me, sweet Jesus, help, I’m going to die, oh my God, I’m going to die.’”

Although police have not released the names of the victims, the University of Richmond and family members have said that Ginny Doyle, an associate head coach for the school’s women’s-basketball team, and Natalie Lewis, the school’s director of basketball relations, were passengers on the aircraft. Daniel T. Kirk, an experienced pilot, was controlling the hot-air balloon at the time of the incident.

[AP]

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