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NTSB issues report on Va. balloon crash that killed former ECU asst. coach

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Lynn Schultz Lynn Schultz
RICHMOND, Va. - A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says a hot air balloon hit a power line as it attempted to land.

The report, issued Tuesday, is consistent with eyewitness accounts of the crash.

The deadly May 9 deadly hot air balloon crash killed the veteran pilot and two passengers, one of them a former ECU assistant coach.

It happened in Doswell about 25 miles north of Richmond ahead of a hot air balloon festival. The pilot, 65-year-old Daniel T. Kirk, was killed as well as two athletic officials with the University of Richmond.
They were Richmond's associate head coach for the women's basketball team, 44-year-old Ginny Doyle, formerly the assistant coach for the ECU Women's Basketball team from 1995-1998., and the director of basketball operations, 24-year-old Natalie Lewis.

Doyle had been the associate head coach of the University of Richmond's Women's Basketball team for the past few years. The university is Doyle's alma mater. Lewis was the University of Richmond's women's team director of basketball operations.

A report from the medical examiner's office says that Kirk and Doyle died of blunt force trauma. Lewis died of acute thermal injuries associated with the fire. All three deaths were ruled accidental.

Virginia State Police say the pilot had only a few seconds, not minutes to react after the explosion.

Kirk had more than 20 years of experience, according to the hot air balloon company's website.
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