NTSB Identification: FTW91LA161.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45362.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 14, 1991 in BAYTOWN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: Barnes AX 7, registration: N5182U
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE CREWMEMBER, AND WITNESSES, THE PILOT MADE A NORMAL APPROACH AND LANDING TO AN OPEN FIELD. THE BALLOON BOUNCED BACK UP ABOUT 10 FEET FOLLOWING THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN. THE SECOND LANDING WAS ALSO NORMAL AND THE BASKET CAME TO REST IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION WITH THE ENVELOPE STILL INFLATED. THE CREWMEMBER STATED AFTER THE FIRST BOUNCE, SHE TENSED UP, AND ON THE SECOND TOUCHDOWN HER LEFT ANKLE FOLDED UNDER HER. SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY BROKEN THE SAME ANKLE IN A SKIING ACCIDENT. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE BALLOON AND NO INJURIES TO THE PILOT WHO WAS THE ONLY OTHER OCCUPANT.

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

THE CREWMEMBERS IMPROPER POSTURE DURING LANDING WHICH LED TO A SERIOUS INJURY.

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