Daniel Kirk


HARTLY, Del. (AP) - A funeral has been set for a pilot of a hot-air balloon that caught fire in Virginia, killing him and two passengers.

Sixty-five-year-old Daniel T. Kirk of Hartly, Delaware, died in Friday's fire and crash of his balloon in central Virginia. Also killed were passengers Virginia Doyle and Natalie Lewis.

Kirk's funeral will be held aturday at Hartly United Methodist Church, according to an obituary on the website of Torbert Funeral Chapels in Dover. A reception will follow at the Hartly volunteer fire company.

Captain Daniel Kirk was one of the three victims in the hot-air-balloon accident in Virginia.

And he lived and worked in the town of Hartly in Kent County.

Kirk ran the balloon business, Starship Adventures LLC.

His father Donald Kirk told WBOC that he had flown with his son many times and that he was a very safe pilot.

He said that ballooning was his son’s life.

Kirk retired and moved back to Delaware to be near his parents.

And just the day before the accident he delivered flowers to his mother for Mother’s Day.