NTSB Identification: LAX86LA359.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32686.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 30, 1986 in TIBURON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: Cameron 0-77, registration: N2948G
Injuries: 2 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.

AFTER COMPLETING AN AERIAL ADVERTISING FLIGHT ACROSS THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY, THE PLT ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON UP-SLOPING TERRAIN. THE TERRAIN WAS STEEPER THAN ANTICIPATED & THE PLT BECAME DISTRACTED. THE PLT FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE PILOT LIGHT TO THE LEFT BURNER. WHEN THE BALLOON DESCENDED ON THE GONDOLA DURING THE TOUCHDOWN SEQUENCE. THE OPERATING PILOT LIGHT IGNITED RESIDUAL FUEL IN THE FUEL LINE. THE FIRE SPREAD & THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED.

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

POWERPLANT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..OPEN


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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