This past July, Texas witnessed the worst hot air balloon accident in the country's history when 16 people died after their balloon hit a power line and burst into flames. One congressman from Texas took it personally when the Federal Aviation Administration rejected his request for more regulations for the balloon tour industry. He notes that the National Transportation Safety Board made a similar request of the FAA in 2014, warning that a balloon aviation accident was imminent.
According to a letter the FAA sent to the representative, the agency intends to wait for the complete report of the investigation into the deadly balloon crash before making any moves toward stricter regulations. The NTSB has said it may be 16 more months before that report is complete. Meanwhile, the NTSB repeated its own request that the FAA increase regulations of the industry.