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UPDATE: Pilot thrown from gondola during hot air balloon's hard landing

7 people injured in crash
Posted: 11:25 AM, Sep 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 02:25:53-04

3:30 P.M. UPDATE SEPT. 12: Officials are now saying that 9 people were on the hot air balloon went it attempted to land. According to the FAA, the pilot was thrown from the gondola during the landing and it took about half a mile to come to a complete stop.

It was reported earlier that the balloon had crashed. The FAA is now saying that it was a "hard landing." The FAA is investigating the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY
GOODSPRINGS (KTNV) -- Several agencies have responded to a hot air balloon crash in the Nevada desert near Goodsprings.

Chopper 13 was able to find the site of the crash in the desert just north of Goodsprings off of Route 161.

Clark County Fire Department responded to the crash at approximately 9:25 a.m. They were joined by Las Vegas police, Nevada Highway Patrol and Bureau of Land Management.

Several ambulances and Mercy Air also responded to the scene and ambulances have been seen leaving with patients.

Clark County Fire Department confirmed that 7 people have been transported to UMC Trauma. One of those people, a woman, was airlifted.

At this time, there is no confirmed information on number of people involved, how many people injured or why the balloon crashed.

The FAA will be investigating the crash.

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