Hot air balloons above the Hunter Valley. It is not yet known which balloon company was involved in the crash.It has been revealed emergency services were not called to the scene of a hot air balloon crash, which injured nine people at Pokolbin on Friday.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 8am is under police investigation.
The balloon, operated by Balloon Safaris, came down near the intersection of McDonalds and Broke Road.
According to NSW Ambulance nine people presented at Cessnock Hospital with injuries includingbroken limbs and suspected spinal injuries. The patients were aged seven to 38 years old and all were in a stable condition.
The two patients with suspected spinal injuries weretransferred to John Hunter Hospital for further assessment.
No triple zero call made after hot air balloon crash at Pokolbin this morning. Police, paramedics notified through hospital. Crash scene cleared before emergency services arrived, hindering the investigation, police say @newcastleherald
— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) March 30, 2018
A spokesman for Balloon Safaris described the incident as a “rough landing”.
Emergency services said no Triple-0 call was made after the hot air balloon crashed.
Both police and paramedics were notified of the incident through the hospital.
The crash scene was also cleared before emergency services arrived, hindering the investigation, police said.
The n Transport Safety Bureau has been notified.
The Hunter Valley is a popular spot for hot air ballooning, hosting the annual Balloon Fiesta.
This is the second crash this year, after aballoon struck a bush while attempting to land near Cessnock.
Sixpeople were injured when the balloon made a hardlanding near Camp Road outsideGreta on January 13.
A 24-year-old woman wastreated for suspected spinal injuries, an80-year-old woman sustained multiple fractures and four other people suffered minor injuries.
Emergency services at the scene of the January hot air balloon crash. Photo: The Singleton Argus