NTSB Identification: MKC87FA067.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35104.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 04, 1987 in KANSAS CITY, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 6, registration: N3695B
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT STATED THAT LIFT-OFF AND CLIMBOUT WERE NORMAL BUT, SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE FUEL PILOT LIGHT BEGAN TO FAIL CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL THE BURNER FLAMED OUT. THE PASSENGERS WERE BRIEFED AND THE CHASE VEHICLE WAS CONTACTED BY CB RADIO BEFORE THE PLT CLIMBED UP ON THE SIDE OF THE BASKET IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO RE-IGNITE THE FUEL BURNER'S PILOT LIGHT. PASSENGERS STATED THAT THE PLT ORDERED THEM TO LAY ON THE FLOOR OF THE BASKET PRIOR TO IMPACT AS SHE TRIED TO ARREST THE BALLOON'S DESCENT WITH THE EMERGENCY BURNER. THE BALLOON LANDED HARD IN AN OPEN FIELD, BOUNCED, THEN SLID ON THE TURF FOR APPROX 150 FEET BEFORE SNAGGING A BARBED WIRE FENCE. A POST-CRASH FIRE ERUPTED WHEN THE BALLOON,S ENVELOPE DRAPED ACROSS POWERLINES. THE PIC STATED THAT THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES WERE HANDLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AIRCRAFT'S FLIGHT MANUAL.

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

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,BURNER SYSTEM..ERRATIC


Contributing Factors

CONDITION(S)/STEP(S) INSUFFICIENTLY DEFINED..MANUFACTURER



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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