Operator in Fatal Texas Balloon Crash Flew Despite Cloud Warning, Using Painkillers and Anti-depressants

The operator of a hot air balloon that fatally crashed outside Austin over the summer flew despite getting a cloud warning and taking a medley of prescription drugs, according to National Transportation Safety Board records. Congress conducted a hearing at the National Transportation Safety Board Friday on the incident, which left 16 dead, including Heart Of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides operator Alfred "Skip" Nichols. The crash occurred July 30 in Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin. It's the worst hot air balloon crash in U.S. history.  Continue reading...

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