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FAA was warned of risk for high-fatality balloon crashes

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Joan Lowy, transportation reporter, Washington, D.C., and Emily Schmall, correspondent, Fort Worth, Texas, for scoring significant news beats after a hot air balloon caught fire, killing 16. Lowy was first to report that the National Transportation Safety Board had unsuccessfully urged the Federal Aviation Administration to oversee commercial balloon tours in the same way it does airplanes and helicopters. Schmall confirmed details of criminal charges against the pilot of the balloon while also reporting that he had been charged in years past with drunken driving.

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