NTSB Identification: DCA95RA061.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 12, 1995 in BEREZA, Belarus
Aircraft: BALLOONBAU WOERNER GMBH, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On September 12, 1995, about 1152 Eastern European Daylight Time (UTC+3), a hydrogen-filled balloon, "D-Caribbean" registered to Blenk, Gottlieb (Operation Company: Fahrtengruppe Soukup & Thomas) was shot down by a Republic of Belarus Air Force attack helicopter, and crashed near the town of Bereza, Republic of Belarus. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident. The aircraft was destroyed. After being hit by rounds of machine-gun fire, the hydrogen-filled balloon envelope tore and partially burned, and after impact with the ground the balloon gondola frame was compressed along its vertical axis.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Belarus State Commision and is being conducted by the Russian Flight Safety Commission of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), with participation of specialists from scientific research organizations as well as representives from the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. This report is filed for information purposes only and contains only that information released by the Belarus State Commission and the MAK. For additional information contact either:

Chairman, State Aviation Committee of the Republic of Belarus 4, Aerodromnaya Str. Minsk 220065 Republic of Belarus Telephone: (0172) 25 0392 FAX: (0172) 25 1483


Chairman, Flight Safety Commission Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) Krjijanovsky St., No. 7, bldg. 1 Moscow, 117875, Russia Telephone: (095) 125-1478 FAX: (095) 129-6144

NOTE: Also see attached letter to Mr. Roudolf A. Teymourazov, Investigator-in-Charge, from James W. Danaher, U. S. Accredited Representative, May 29, 1996.

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