The balloon was “not very high” off the ground when two people were thrown from the basket when it tipped over. The basket reportedly dragged for half a mile before it finally came to a stop. They were among nine people in the balloon’s gondola. The pilot was thrown from the gondola. Several ambulances and Mercy Air responded. Seven people were taken to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas to be treated for injuries. One of them, a woman, was taken by helicopter. She is expected to survive. No information available on patients’ conditions.
Multiple agencies including the FAA had officials on scene. The FAA is now saying that it was a “hard landing.” Vegas Hot Air Sin City Balloon Rides was the company behind the balloon ride. Hot air balloons in the United States are subjected to rigorous regulations. Inspections are required every 100 hours of flight time.