Hot-air balloon which crashed in Texas was Czech-made

02-08-2016

The Czech company Balóny Kubíček confirmed on Monday that it was the manufacturer of a hot-air balloon that hit power lines and crashed into a field near the town of Lockhart, Texas, killing all 16 people onboard. The tragedy, one of the worst hot-air balloon accidents in aviation history, happened last Saturday. There were reports that there may have been poor visibility during the flight which played a role. Kamila Kolářová of Balóny Kubíček said the balloon in the crash was made in 2014; she also confirmed that the company had been in contact with the investigators. Balóny Kubíček has been making hot-air balloons for nearly 30 years and is one of the three biggest producers in the world.