Update: Victims in deadly hot air balloon accident identified, third body found

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UPDATE: Two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball program were among those aboard.

The university said associate head basketball coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were on the balloon.

However, the medical examiner’s office has not provided official identification.

CNN is reporting that the third victim’s body has been found.

DOSWELL, Va. (WTVR) – Police in Virginia say a massive search is underway for a third victim following a deadly hot-air balloon accident at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival on Friday night.

On Friday, the hot-air balloon was attempting to land when it hit a live power line.

According to witnesses, when the balloon hit the power line, the gondola and balloon separated and two explosions were heard.

According to WTVR, two people could be seen either jumping or falling out of the basket shortly after the fire.

Corinne Geller, with the Virginia State Police Department, said, “Finding the wreckage is proving to be a challenge in itself because we’re not sure how much is left of it at this point.”

The remains of two victims were found in a heavily wooded area on Saturday morning.

Because so much time has passed since the fire, police have reclassified their search efforts for the remaining victim as a recovery mission.

Virginia State Police, the NTSB and FAA are all investigating the accident since hot-air balloons are considered commercial aircraft.

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