CAROLINE COUNTY, Va (WRIC) — An NTSB investigation has determined that the 2014 hot air balloon crash in Caroline County that claimed three lives was caused by the ‘pilots inadequate approach and his failure to maintain clearance from power lines.’
Witnesses of the incident reported that the balloon had descended and approached the landing site, the pilot did engage the burner, but the balloon struck power lines which resulted in a spark.
The wreckage of the crash was found six miles north of the power lines.
The examination of the incident showed ‘no preexisting mechanical anomalies with the balloon.’
The victims included two University of Richmond women’s basketball staff members, Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis, and the pilot, Daniel Kirk.
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