3rd Body Found From Hot Air Balloon Fire, Former ECU Asst. Coach Killed

The two University of Richmond basketball coaches killed in a hot-air balloon crash were a beloved long-time assistant who was part of one of the most revered moments in the program

Ginny Doyle & Natalie Lewis, University of Richmond

The two University of Richmond basketball coaches killed in a hot-air balloon crash were a beloved long-time assistant who was part of one of the most revered moments in the program's history, and a woman who was hardly out of college and always willing to help.

They were director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis and associate head coach Ginny Doyle.

Doyle's university bio says that she served as an assistant coach at ECU from 1995-1998.

The pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, was also killed when the balloon drifted into a power line and burst into flames Friday. He had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as "Capt. Kirk."

At the university's graduation Sunday, a moment of silence was held as the tight-knit school of about 4,100 students remembered the crash victim.

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Virginia state police say they have found the body of the third passenger of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the searchers found the body at 11 a.m. Sunday. The two other passengers had previously been found.

Police have not released the victims' names, but family members and the University of Richmond said associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were passengers. Veteran hot air balloon pilot Daniel T. Kirk was at the controls.

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University of Richmond administrators say that two members of its women's basketball staff were aboard a hot-air balloon that went down in a fiery crash.

A university news release says that associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were aboard the balloon that crashed Friday.

Doyle's university bio says that she served as an assistant coach at ECU from 1995-1998.

President Edward L. Ayers says the two women were beloved by the community.

They were aboard the balloon with a pilot when it went down after hitting a power line. Remains of two of the three have been found.

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A family spokeswoman says a University of Richmond women's basketball team staff member was one of two passengers on a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia.

Family spokeswoman Julie Snyder told The Associated Press on Saturday that Natalie Lewis' body has not been found.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post, citing family, says that 44-year-old Ginny Doyle is feared dead in the crash. Doyle is a University of Richmond women's associate head coach.

Doyle's university bio says that she served as an assistant coach at ECU from 1995-1998.

The remains of the pilot and the second passenger have been recovered. They have not been officially identified.

The three were in a balloon Friday night that witnesses said crashed amid screams for help from the balloon.

Lewis was director of basketball operations at Richmond and a former player there.

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