DOSWELL, Va. — A second body was recovered Saturday from the crash of a hot air balloon carrying three people that drifted into a power line and burst into flames in front of horrified spectators. The bodies were discovered just under a mile apart.
More than 100 searchers were called in to scour the woods and fields of the central Virginia site of the crash for the third victim and any remnants of the balloon or its basket, state police said.
None of the victims has been identified by authorities.
Witnesses said they heard the anguished pleas of the passengers Friday night as the balloon touched the power line and erupted into flames.
On the ground, ‘‘It was complete silence,’’ eyewitness Nancy Johnson said. ‘‘There were people praying. It was horrible.’’
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