WASHINGTON (July 17, 2017) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday the board meeting for the fatal 2016 Lockhart, Texas, hot-air balloon crash is scheduled for Oct. 17.
The 15 passengers and pilot aboard a Balony Kubicek BB85Z hot air balloon were fatally injured July 30, 2016, when the balloon crashed into a field after striking high voltage power lines near Lockhart.
During the board meeting, the NTSB will determine the probable cause for the accident and issue any safety recommendations to prevent future accidents. A synopsis of the facts and board staff analysis will also be released following the board meeting. The full report on the accident will be published several weeks later.
The preliminary report for the investigation is available at http://go.usa.gov/xkuST and information about the NTSB’s investigation of the accident is available at http://go.usa.gov/x8362.
During an investigative hearing held in December 2016, testimony was received by the NTSB from witnesses including experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Balloon Federation of America and Kubicek Balloons.
The public docket, which contains 1,229 pages of documents related to the NTSB’s investigation of the accident is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xNtSN.