NTSB Identification: DEN86LA229.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32313.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 09, 1986 in FORT COLLINS, CO
Aircraft: RAVEN AERO STAR S-66A, registration: N2805F
Injuries: 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.

THE PLT RPRTD HE BEGAN VENTING THE BALLOON IN PREPARATION FOR A LANDING IN A FIELD. THE BALLOON ENCOUNTERED A WIND SHIFT & STARTED DRIFTING TOWARD POWERLINES. THE PLT SAID THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO ADD HEAT TO AVOID THE POWERLINES, SO HE HELD THE VENT OPEN AS WIDE AS POSSIBLE. HOWEVER, THE ENVELOPE CONTACTED THE WIRES, WHICH ARCED & DAMAGED THREE PANELS.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN KIND OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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