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Texas Hot Air Balloon Company Suspends Operations

A hot air balloon crash about 30 miles south of Austin resulted in the death of 16 people on Saturday, July 30. The balloon made contact with power lines before crash-landing in Lockhart.

Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, which operated the hot air balloon that hit a high-powered transmission line, immediately halted operations after the accident. Sarah Nichols, the mother of the pilot, 49-year-old Alfred “Skip” Nichols, and the company’s operations manager, posted on Facebook last Sunday, July 31 about the incident. She said the accident “has taken from us our owner and chief pilot, Skip Nichols, as well as 15 passengers, all of whom saw what was planned to be a special day turn into an unspeakable tragedy.”

The attorneys at Chris Mayo Law Firm in San Antonio are saddened by this loss to the Central Texas community. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims as they mourn their losses.