NTSB Identification: DEN00LA015.
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Accident occurred Saturday, November 06, 1999 in ARTESIA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Aerostar RXS-8, registration: N9105Z
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Uninjured.

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Prior to landing, the pilot observed the winds to be between 10 and 12 knots, and she briefed her passengers on high wind landing procedures, specifically with regard to proper positioning for landing. Upon landing, the balloon's basket tipped and one of the passengers (weighing over 300 lbs.) lost his hold on the basket and fell on top of the second passenger (weighing 150 lbs.). The passenger who was fallen on received a broken ankle.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind conditions.

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