Search teams in Virginia have found the body of the third
person who died when a hot air balloon struck a power line
and plummeted to the ground in flames, police said.
About 100 people combing a heavily wooded area of Caroline
County, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Richmond, discovered
the third body during a foot search, according to the
Virginia State Police.
The remains were about 100 yards (91 meters) north of where
the second body was discovered on Saturday.
"Now that the male pilot and two female passengers have all
been located, this concludes the large-scale search efforts
of the operation," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne
Geller said in a statement.
Police did not say if the body found on Sunday was the pilot
or one of the passengers.
Crews were still looking for the wreckage of the balloon and
basket, which became engulfed in flames, killing all three on
board when it hit a power line during a hot air balloon
festival Friday evening.
Witnesses posted photos and video online showing a balloon in
mid-air with its basket on fire and a trail of smoke spilling
into the sky.
Two explosions were heard and the gondola separated from the
balloon and crashed into the woods, authorities said.
Based on witness accounts, the pilot attempted to regain
control of the balloon and manage the fire, and the two
occupants were seen exiting the basket, police said.
Administrators at the University of Richmond released a
statement saying that associate head coach Ginny Doyle and
director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were two of
the three people in the balloon.
Doyle was a former basketball star at the University of
Richmond who graduated in 1992, and Lewis was a championship
swimmer at the school and graduated in 2011, the statement
"Words cannot begin to express our sorrow," said Keith Gill,
the school's athletic director. "We are all stunned by the
The identity of the pilot has not been released.
The crash occurred during a hot air balloon festival at
Meadow Event Park. The Saturday and Sunday events were
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National
Transportation Safety Board were investigating the accident.