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It has been 6 years since the tragic hot air balloon crash in Lockhart

Sixteen people died after a hot air balloon crashed in Lockhart on July 30, 2016.

AUSTIN, Texas — Saturday, July 30 marks six years since 16 people died in the nation's deadliest hot air balloon crash. 

The incident happened just 40 minutes south of Austin in Lockhart, Texas on July 30, 2016. It was the deadliest commercial balloon crash in U.S. history and the worst aviation disaster since 2009. 

Following the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the Federal Aviation Association's (FAA) refusal to require balloon operations to obtain a medical certificate contributed to the crash. 

Since the tragedy, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) worked with the victims' families to author an amendment to fix the failure to make sure no others risk injury or death from an impaired pilot. Two years after the crash, his amendment in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act passed. 

In November 2021, the FAA proposed a rule requiring commercial hot air balloon pilots to hold medical certificates while operating for hire. 

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