NTSB Identification: FTW96LA067.
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Accident occurred Sunday, November 26, 1995 in HOUSTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1996
Aircraft: General Balloon AX-6, registration: N2508E
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Uninjured.

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DURING LANDING FROM A COMMERCIAL AIR TOUR FLIGHT, THE BALLOON HIT A DITCH AND BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR. ONE PASSENGER FELL FROM THE BASKET. THE BALLOON WAS RELANDED AND DRAGGED ABOUT 50 FEET BEFORE IT WAS DEFLATED. WIND SPEED AT THE TIME OF THE OCCURRENCE WAS REPORTED BY THE PILOT TO BE 8 TO 10 KNOTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE BY THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE BALLOON DURING LANDING. A FACTOR WAS UNFAVORABLE WIND.

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