Friday, September 13, 2019

Kubicek BB60Z, N505CZ: Accident occurred September 12, 2019 in Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas

Balloon made a hard landing.

Vegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides LLC

Date: 12-SEP-19
Time: 16:24:00Z
Regis#: N505CZ
Aircraft Model: BB60Z
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Nine people were injured Thursday morning when a hot air balloon made a hard landing in a desert area near Goodsprings, southwest of Las Vegas.

Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Jeff Dean said the hot air balloon crashed about 9:25 a.m. in a desert area just off Cottonwood Pass Trail, about three miles north of Goodsprings and approximately 40 miles from Las Vegas.

When the balloon’s basket hit the ground, it tipped over and several passengers were ejected, Dean said.

One woman was transported by helicopter to a local hospital with serious injuries, but was expected to survive.

Dean said the other eight passengers suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals by ambulance.

At 11 a.m., emergency vehicles crowded along Goodsprings Bypass Road. Medical personnel loaded one person on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance as another pulled away.

Just before noon, two vehicles from Las Vegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides pulled up and a group of people in matching shirts walked into the desert. They declined to speak to reporters.

A phone call to the company went unanswered.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, Dean said. He said it was unclear why the balloon made a hard landing.

The National Weather Service clocked winds at Mountain Springs Peak, to the north of the crash site, at between 7 and 15 mph at 8 a.m., and said surface winds in Jean were increasing at the time, starting at about 5 mph at 8 a.m. and reaching 15 mph by about 10 a.m.

Las Vegas police, Clark County firefighters and the Nevada Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

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3:30 P.M. UPDATE September 12th: 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 Federal Aviation Administration is now saying that it was a "hard landing." 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.


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 Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

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