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This combination made with photos provided by the University of Richmond shows associate head coach Ginny Doyle, left, and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis. Doyle and Lewis were two of the three people aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Virginia. Investigators say their remains were found about a mile apart in dense woods.
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This combination made with photos provided by the University of Richmond shows associate head coach Ginny Doyle, left, and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis. Doyle and Lewis were two of the three people aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Virginia. Investigators say their remains were found about a mile apart in dense woods.

A family member has identified the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia on Friday.

Donald Kirk said Sunday that his son, Daniel T. Kirk, was at the controls of the balloon when it drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond.

The balloon was registered to Daniel Kirk at an address in the Dover, Delaware, area.

His company's website said that Kirk had more than 20 years' experience as a hot air balloon pilot.

The website says Kirk had a commercial balloon pilot license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and had flown in ballooning events throughout the country.

University of Richmond officials say 44-year-old Ginny Doyle was also aboard the balloon that crashed Friday at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival in Doswell, Virginia.

Doyle was known as a skilled free-throw shooter at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia before she set the NCAA women's record with 66 consecutive free throws during her senior season at Richmond, where she graduated in 1992. The record stood until 2011.

Doyle was the associate head coach of the Richmond Spiders women's basketball team. She previously was an assistant college coach at Rhode Island and East Carolina.

Also in the balloon was Natalie Lewis, director of basketball operations at the University of Richmond, according to NBC Washington.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating th crash.

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