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Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 11, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.

DOSWELL, Va. — A family member has identified the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia on Friday.

Donald Kirk said Sunday that his son, Daniel T. Kirk, was at the controls of the balloon when it drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond.

The balloon was registered to Daniel Kirk at an address in the Dover, Delaware, area.

His company's website said that Kirk had more than 20 years' experience as a hot air balloon pilot.

The website says Kirk had a commercial balloon pilot license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and had flown in ballooning events throughout the country.

Two members of University of Richmond's athletic staff were also killed in the crash.

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