GOODSPRINGS (FOX5) -- Multiple people were injured after a hot air balloon crash in Goodsprings, Nevada, southwest of the Las Vegas Valley Thursday morning.

About 9:30 a.m., a hot air balloon made a hard landing about 3.5 miles north of Goodsprings off Cottonwood Pass Trail, according to Las Vegas Police Sgt. Jeff Dean of Enterprise Area Command in Jean.

The pilot was thrown from the gondola in an area about halfway between Blue Diamond Road and Goodsprings, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

"The gondola continued dragging along the ground for about a half-mile until coming to a stop," Gregor said in a statement. 

The accident occurred in a remote area, about halfway between Blue Diamond Road and Good Springs.


The Clark County Fire Department and local authorities appear on scene of a hot air balloon hard landing in Goodsprings, NV just southwest of Las Vegas.

"We believe that the hot air balloon had come in to make a landing," Dean said. "They were not very high up."

The basket tipped over, ejecting two passengers, Dean said. The FAA said nine passengers were aboard the balloon at the time of the crash. One woman sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The remaining passengers were treated on scene or transported to UMC Trauma, according to Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Jeff Buchanan.


Las Vegas police appear on scene of a hot air balloon hard landing in Goodsprings, NV just southwest of Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

The cause of the crash is unknown as of 12:45 p.m. Local company Vegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides was on scene.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police and the Bureau of Land Management were assisting. The FAA is investigating.

No other details were immediately available.

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