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Hot Air Balloon Burns, Crashes; 2 Bodies Found, 1 Missing | VIDEO

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Hot Air Balloon Burns, Crashes; 2 Bodies Found, 1 Missing

By Mariano Castillo & Ben Brumfield

     (CNN) -- Authorities in Virginia found two bodies after a hot air balloon crash and continued efforts Saturday to locate a third person aboard.

Witnesses captured photographs of the balloon after it drifted into power lines, burst into flames Friday night and crashed into the countryside about 25 miles north of Richmond.

Some reported seeing two people jump -- or fall -- from the gondola at a dizzying height.

The basket and the balloon separated at some point; neither had been found as of midday Saturday. Two bodies were recovered, but police declined to identify them right away.

"We are now transitioning from a rescue operation to a recovery operation at this time," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told reporters earlier. . . .

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