Third Body in Hot Air Balloon Accident Found

Created: 05/11/2014 6:19 PM

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - Virginia state police say they have found the body of the third person aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond on Friday.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the searchers found the body at 11 a.m. Sunday. The bodies of two other people had previously been found.

Police have not released the victims' names, but family members and the University of Richmond said associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were passengers. Veteran hot air balloon pilot Daniel T. Kirk was at the controls, according to his father.


The Delaware man who piloted a hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed about 25 miles north of Richmond on Friday had decades of flying experience.

The website of Daniel T. Kirk's company says he had more than 20 years' experience as a hot air balloon pilot and had flown in ballooning events throughout the country. The Starship Adventures website also said that Kirk had a commercial balloon pilot license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Kirk's father, Donald Kirk, confirmed that his son was the pilot of the doomed balloon.

Fellow pilots said Daniel Kirk was known affectionately as "Capt. Kirk," the hammy commander of the USS Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek.

Third body in hot air balloon accident found.
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