NTSB Identification: NYC97LA176.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 31, 1997 in AKRON, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/26/1998
Aircraft: Thunder and Colt AX-10, registration: N834TC
Injuries: 1 Serious,9 Uninjured.

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Before landing, the balloon pilot briefed the passengers to hold onto ropes on the side of the basket and to duck down when told. The pilot performed a steep approach, and the balloon touched down hard. The balloon bounced and came to rest upright. The pilot continue to deflate the envelope; however, the winds caught the envelope and tipped the basket over. One passenger received a broken arm, when another passenger fell against her. The pilot reported that during the landing, the wind velocity was about 8 knots.

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

failure of a passenger to hang onto the ropes, as directed; which allowed another passenger to be struck as the basket tipped over, broking her arm. A related factor was the wind, which was strong enough to tip the basket, while the envelope was deflating.

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