Report Out in Investigation of Fatal Balloon Crash
by Deirdre Blake
posted May 21 2014 8:44AM
A preliminary report by the NTSB is confirming the hot air balloon involved in the fatal crash May 9th in Caroline was destroyed by fire after hitting a power line while trying to land. The report says there was no flight plan filed. The Eagle C-7 Balloon had accumulated 270.4 hours of flight time.
It took until mid-morning May 11th to find the body of the third person in the hot air balloon that caught on fire and crashed in Caroline on the 9th.
It was part of a run before more than 700 people, at the start of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at the Meadow Event Park. A 20 year veteran pilot from Delaware, Daniel T. Kirk, was the Delaware pilot. It reportedly hit a live power line, caught fire and the basket separated from the balloon. It crashed near Caroline's Meadow Event Park Friday had decades of flying experience.
A college basketball coach was also aboard. During her senior year at the University of Richmond, Ginny Dolye set the NCAA women's record with 66 consecutive free throws. Director of its' Basketball Operations Natalie Lewis also died.
The final body was recovered Sunday and the well liked athletic's members were memorialized at the University's graduation, last weekend.