NTSB Identification: FTW96LA176.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 20, 1996 in SAN ANTONIO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Raven S-66A, registration: N2814D
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 Uninjured.

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Two of the passengers stated that they received 'no briefing before the balloon ride started.' The pilot reported that the 'wind was calm for a normal takeoff.' The pilot further stated that during the flight, the 'wind picked up [from] the NE 10 to 12 mph at 200 feet AGL.' When the pilot descended the balloon for a landing, the balloon 'landed near the edge of a grassy field.' One of the passengers reported that 'the balloon impacted the ground and bounced 30 to 40 feet before impacting the ground again.' The pilot reported that the basket was 'dragged about 150 feet and came to a stop on its side.' According to the injured passenger, 'approximately 20 seconds before the basket hit the ground, the pilot told the passengers to crouch below the basket top and bend their knees.' She reported that she didn't know that 'there was anything wrong; and didn't have any expectation of what to do for the landing until he said that.'

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

The pilot's inadequate briefing of his passengers. A factor was the high wind.

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