NTSB Identification: CHI96LA349.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 21, 1996 in STILWELL, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/1997
Aircraft: AVIAN BALLOON MAGNUM IX, registration: N2006W
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 Uninjured.

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With darkness approaching and a lack of suitable landing sites, the pilot attempted to set the balloon down in a small clear area. During the approach, the balloon brushed the top of a tree. Beyond the tree, the pilot allowed an abrupt landing in a field. One passenger fell on another resulting in serious injuries being inflicted.

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

the pilot's not maintaining adequate clearance from a tree, and his allowing an abrupt touchdown. Factors relating to the accident were: dusk and the proximity of tree(s).

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