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Hot Air Balloon Accident Witness: 'I Knew Something Wasn't Right'

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ABC 8News viewer Nancy Johnson witnessed the hot air balloon accident at Meadow Event Park and snapped this photo moments before the tragedy unfolded (Courtesy of Nancy Johnson). ABC 8News viewer Nancy Johnson witnessed the hot air balloon accident at Meadow Event Park and snapped this photo moments before the tragedy unfolded (Courtesy of Nancy Johnson).
DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) - One Henrico woman was in the crowd as the hot air balloon tragedy at Meadow Event Park in Doswell unfolded.

Nancy Johnson's account of the horrific accident is chilling:

"Everything was fine," she said of the event at first. "And something told me to start taking pictures."

Johnson told ABC 8News Anchor and Reporter Ava-joye Burnett that she noticed something that wasn't quite right with one of the balloons as it rose into the air.

"And I was the only one just looking at the balloons and noticed that one particular balloon had a brighter burn to it ... I said, 'Something's not right. It's not right.'"

After burning brightly for a time, the fire died down in the balloon, Johnson said.

"And then all of a sudden the flame went out. It was just dead silence; I knew that it wasn't good."

Investigators say information and photos, such as the ones Johnson shared, could help them find the third victim in the crash and provide valuable clues as to what went wrong.

If you have any information that could help, please submit it on the NTBS website here.


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