NTSB Identification: NYC88LA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38121.
Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 1988 in SALTSBURG, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7, registration: N1534W
Injuries: 3 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.

THE PLT LAUNCHED ON A LOCAL BALLOON SIGHT-SEEING FLIGHT AT 1850 LOCAL TIME WITH THE FORECAST OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY TO COMMENCE IN THE AREA AFTER MIDNIGHT. AFTER 40 MINS OF SMOOTH FLT, THE TEMP DROPPED SHARPLY AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER TURBULENCE WAS ENCOUNTERED WHICH BEGAN TO TEAR PANELS IN THE ENVELOPE, RESULTING IN AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT INTO TREES. WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE SIMILAR TO THOSE ENCOUNTERED DURING A FRONTAL PASSAGE.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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