16 killed in hot air balloon accident in Texas

The aircraft caught fire and crashed near the city of Lockhart

Updated: 20.15

A hot air balloon has crashed with at least 16 people on board in Texas, and officials say there appears to be no survivors.

Investigators say the hot air balloon had caught fire before coming down into a pasture near the city of Lockhart.

Marcus Officer, a reporter for FOX 7, is at the scene and said: "There are massive power lines that are above where police tape is marked off.

"We have not confirmed anything as to whether the power lines caused the fire and the crash. But there's police tape just underneath it."

It is believed the 16 people were aboard the hot air balloon for an hour-long flight, but encountered difficulties about 26 minutes into the journey.

Tents have been erected at the scene by the emergency services.

"It does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash," said Daniel Law, the sheriff of Caldwell County.

Local media reports suggest that the fire had broken out in the basket area of the hot air balloon.

The incident happened shortly after 7.40am local time (1.40pm GMT) on Saturday.

Fox News reporter Marcus Officer is at the scene.

Officials are beginning to determine the exact number of victims and their identities.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation into the fatal crash.

Texas governor Greg Abbott said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community," 

More to follow.