NTSB Identification: NYC88LA188.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38061.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 1988 in WELLSVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/1990
Aircraft: Fantasy Sky Promotions AX-7, registration: CGDGK
Injuries: 2 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.

ABOUT 35 HOT AIR BALLOONS WERE ENTERED IN THE GREAT WELLSVILLE BALLOON RALLY. AT 0625 EDT, THE PLT (OF C-GDGK) ATTENDED A WX BRIEFING THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE PLTS BY THE BALLOONMEISTER. THE PLT SAID THE BALLOONMEISTER INDICATED THAT THERE WOULD BE SUITABLE FLYING CONDITIONS WITH LIGHT SURFACE WINDS FROM THE SOUTH, & 27 KT WINDS AT 3000 FT, WITH NO CHANGE EXPECTED UNTIL ABOUT NOON. WHEN THE BALLOON LAUNCHED AT 0640 EDT, THE WIND WAS FROM THE NORTH AT 7 TO 10 KTS. ABOUT 40 MIN LATER, THE PLT NOTICED DUST WAS BLOWING & TREES WERE BENDING IN THE WIND. HE DECIDED TO LAND AT THE EARLIEST CONVENIENT TIME. HE STATED THAT THE LANDING WAS HARDER THAN NORMAL DUE TO DIMINISHED ALTITUDE CONTROL. THE 2 PAX RCVD SERIOUS INJURIES. NINE OF THE OTHER PLTS ALSO RPRTD PROBLEMS WITH THEIR LANDINGS. THE WIND WAS RPRTD TO HAVE SHIFTED & WAS BLOWING AT 30 TO 40 KTS.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..INACCURATE..OTHER PERSON

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