Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas

Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas

At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred near Lockhart, about 30 miles (50 km) south of […]

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon. […]