Two bodies have been recovered, and the search continues for the third, after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed around 8 p.m., Friday evening in Virginia.
While descending, the balloon reportedly came in contact with a live utility line before catching fire, according to Virginia State Police.
The crash occurred ahead of this weekend's mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival in Doswell, in rural Caroline County about 25 miles north of Richmond, according to the Associated Press.
The weather was calm, with winds around 3 to 6 mph around the time of the crash, said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"There were storms in south central Virginia moving eastward, but they were still a significant distance away from the balloon site at the time of the incident," Sosnowski said.
State police reported that bad weather elsewhere in the Richmond area caused a grounding of the air search organizers wrote on the festival's website.
"There were spotty storms that moved into the search area later in the evening," Sosnowski said.
NTSB investigating last night's crash of a hot air balloon in Doswell, VA.— NTSB (@NTSB) May 10, 2014