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Two Dead, One Remains Missing in Va. Balloon Crash

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.