Hot Air Balloon Wreckage Recovered in Mattaponi River

A piece of wreckage from the hot air balloon that crashed into a power line and caught fire, killing three people, earlier this month was recovered on Sunday, according to Virginia State Police.

On May 25, boaters discovered what appeared to be a large canvas in the Mattaponi River between Routes 301 and 207. They reported their findings to the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed that the debris was that of the crashed hot air balloon.

Police say both the balloon and the burner were recovered from the river; the basket has yet to be located. The National Transportation Safety Board was immediately notified and will take the recovered items into evidence as it continues to investigate the accident.

ABC 8News was first to break the story of the deadly hot air balloon crash, which occurred at the start of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival on the evening of Friday, May 9. The balloon’s pilot, Daniel Kirk, and two passengers, University of Richmond Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ginny Doyle and UR Director of Basketball Operations Natalie Lewis, were killed in the accident.

On May 20, the NTSB released a preliminary report revealing that no flight plan was recorded for the balloon.

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