CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - A power line struck in a deadly hot air balloon crash in Caroline County may not have been on the pilot's map, Governor Terry McAuliffe said Monday.
Governor McAuliffe said he was briefed by Virginia State Police on the crash Monday morning and given the new information about the possible map error.
"They didn't give me anything more than they believe it was flying low and hit a power line that apparently wasn't on the map the pilot was looking at or not looking at, but we don't know for sure," Gov. McAuliffe said in response to a question about the crash.
The fiery crash, captured in photo and video by witnesses on Friday, killed the pilot and two University of Richmond women's basketball team staff members.
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Ginny Doyle, associate head women's basketball coach, and Natalie Lewis, director of basketball operations at the university were both killed during the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at Meadow Event Park. The remainder of the festival was subsequently canceled.
The balloon was piloted by Daniel Kirk, a veteran ballooner with more than 30 years experience, when it struck a power line and caught fire around 7:56 p.m. Friday. Kirk began emergency safety maneuvers to get the fire under control, but witnesses told troopers the gondola and balloon eventually separated. Witnesses also reported hearing what sounded like two explosions.