Editor's note: We're seeing reports that there are fatalities after a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught fire and crashed in Caldwell County, Texas, Saturday morning. The Associated Press reports that the NTSB and the FAA are en route to the scene. The balloon crashed in a pasture about 30 miles south of Austin, Texas, around 7:40 a.m. CT. We're looking for updates on the crash. - Andrew
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