NTSB Identification: DEN87LA232.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34779.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 05, 1987 in COLORADO SPRING, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: National Balloon 858, registration: N32201
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 COMMERCIAL BALLOON PLT WAS COMPETING IN A BALLOON RACE. WHILE LANDING, WITH THE BASKET ON THE GROUND, THE BALLOON DRIFTED INTO POWER LINES. A LARGE HOLE WAS BURNED IN THE ENVELOPE, AND THE BASKET WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT AND TWO PASSENGERS JUMPED FROM THE BASKET JUST PRIOR TO WIRE CONTACT AND WERE NOT INJURED.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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