NTSB Identification: LAX88LA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36099.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 1988 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: Avian MAGNUM IX, registration: N1601D
Injuries: 8 Minor.

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 LOCAL FLIGHT IN A HOT AIR BALLOON, WHILE DESCENDING, THE DEFLATION LINE MALFUNCTIONED. IT WAS FOUND THAT THE RELEASE PULLEY HAD NO ROLLER AND THE ROPE WAS KNOTTED AND JAMMED IN THE PULLEY. THE VENT COULD NOT BE ACTIVATED IN THIS CONDITION.

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

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,CONTROL SYSTEM..JAMMED




Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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