>> At least 16 people were killed Saturday when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, 30 miles south of Austin Texas.>> And the next thing I knew, we saw a big fireball go up.>> Local authorities say there were no survivors from the accident.
Reuters correspondent Jon Herskovitz is in Austin.>> The balloon appears to have been operated by a tour group company. No cause of the accident has been given, but witnesses said the balloon had made a whooshing sound and then erupted into a fireball. Lockhart is a town of about 13,000 people.
It's known as a day trip tourist destination that boasts some of the finest barbecue restaurants in the state. It has some state parks, and the balloon tours are infrequent, but day tour happened a few times a month.>> Saturday's incident, one of the deadliest hot air balloon crashes on record.
It comes about three years after 19 people were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt. An FBI team is being dispatched to help the NTSB gather evidence. Officials are still trying to determine the identities of those on board.