NTSB Identification: DEN88LA010A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34958.
Accident occurred Monday, October 05, 1987 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7, registration: N36988
Injuries: 6 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.

TWO BALLOONS, A RALLY AND A FIREFLY, COLLIDED IN FLIGHT DURING THE ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA. THE PILOT OF THE FIREFLY WAS CLIMBING AT APPROXIMATELY 300 FEET PER MINUTE WHEN HIS ENVELOPE CONTACTED THE BASKET OF THE RALLY. THE PILOT OF THE RALLY STATED HE OBSERVED THE FIREFLY CLIMBING AT A 'VERY FAST RATE' AND HE ACTIVATED HIS BURNER IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID THE COLLISION. BOTH AIRCRAFT LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. THE FAA WAIVER FOR THE FIESTASTATED THAT CLIMBS WERE TO BE MADE AT A RATE NO GREATER THAN 200 FEET PER MINUTE.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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