NTSB Identification: LAX88LA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35368.
Accident occurred Friday, January 01, 1988 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 8-24, registration: N74169
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Minor,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.

DURING A SIGHTSEEING BALLOON FLIGHT, THE WINDS INCREASED TO THE POINT WERE A HIGH WIND LANDING WAS MADE. DURING THE LANDING THE BASKET WAS DRAGGED RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE BASKET AND SERIOUS INJURY TO A PASSENGER. DURING TOUCHDOWN ONE OF THE PASSENGERS STARTED TO FALL FROM THE BASKET. THE PLT GRABBED HER AND THREW HER BACK INTO THE BASKET. THE PLT THEN WAS UNABLE TO REMAIN IN THE BASKET AND WAS DISLODGED, BUT MANAGED TO HANG ON, AS THE BASKET WAS DRAGGED.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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