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Investigative Hearing: Investigative Hearing, Lockhart, TX Balloon Accident - Closing Statement
Robert L. Sumwalt
NTSB Board Room and Conference Center

All of the witnesses have now testified, so this portion of the NTSB's investigation into the July 30, 2016, tragedy at Lockhart, Texas, is concluded.

The record will remain open for additional materials requested during the hearing.

The transcript of the hearing and all of the materials entered into the record will become part of the public docket, along with other records of the investigation.

The archive of the hearing webcast will remain on the NTSB website for approximately 90 days.

From the evidence collected in this hearing and from the investigation as a whole, the NTSB will determine the probable cause of this accident, and make any recommendations necessary to prevent similar accidents. The final report will take several months to complete.

However, safety recommendations may be made at any time we deem necessary.

On behalf of the NTSB, I want to thank the parties in this proceeding for their cooperation, not only during this proceeding, but throughout the entire investigation of this accident.

Also, on behalf of the Board of Inquiry and Technical Panel, I want to express our sincere appreciation to the witnesses who provided testimony.

Although we can’t turn back the hands of time and prevent what happened that tragic morning in Lockhart, our commitment at the NTSB is learn from this accident so we can keep it from happening again.

This hearing is adjourned.