NTSB Identification: FTW96LA059.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 02, 1995 in GALLUP, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/22/1996
Aircraft: Thunder and Colt AX9-140, registration: N9606A
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 Uninjured.

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The pilot obtained a weather briefing about 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the balloon flight. About 30 to 35 minutes into the flight, winds increased, and the balloon was pushed over a wilderness area with ridges and canyons. Several approaches were abandoned due to power lines. Winds increased to 35 knots and the passengers were briefed for a hard landing. During the landing, the pilot was ejected from the balloon. Passengers grabbed the vent line and continued to pull until the balloon came to a stop. The total drag distance was 300 to 400 feet.

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

the high winds and the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control.

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