PEORIA, Ariz. — The Latest on a balloon crash (all times local):
Peoria police say one of three people aboard a balloon that crashed in the desert suffered a minor injury but did not need medical treatment.
Police who went to the site of the Thursday morning crash found nobody there but Officer Paul Hermans says the pilot later returned to the site.
Hermans says two passengers were on board and that one suffered a minor leg injury.
The crash site was next to power lines but Hermans says witnesses said the balloon hit the ground but did not the power lines, which were undamaged.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the FAA will investigate the crash. Hermans says the National Transportation Safety Board indicated it’d follow up later with the balloon pilot.
Authorities say nobody was around when fire crews responded to a downed hot air balloon that apparently clipped a power line in the desert of Peoria.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says initial reports indicate three people were on board the balloon when it crashed Thursday morning and that the balloon’s occupants were picked up by a vehicle following the balloon.
Gregor had no information on their condition and Peoria Fire and Medical Department spokesman Tim Eiden says checks of local hospitals turned up no injured people.
The basket was on its side with the envelope on the ground to the side. Eiden says the power lines appeared undamaged.
Eiden says the top of the balloon apparently clipped a power line.
Gregor says the FAA will investigate the crash.