The Deadly History Of This Texas City Is Terrifying But True

Lockhart, the Central Texas town we all know and love for its world-famous barbecue also tops the charts for a much more somber reason: it’s the site of the most deadly hot air balloon crash in U.S. history. Pilot Skip Nichols, owner of Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, was taking 16 passengers on an exhilarating trip through the sky last July when the balloon hit power lines, caught fire, and crashed. Everyone on board, including two newlyweds, was killed. This video contains actual footage of the charred balloon making its descent toward the ground.

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Such a sad outcome, but hopefully it’s helped make hot air balloons much safer and less likely to crash. Did you hear about this tragedy last year?