NTSB Identification: LAX85LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28010.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 24, 1985 in SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Aircraft: BARNES FF-8-24, registration: N3608C
Injuries: 7 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.

ON LANDING THE BALLOON TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE DESIRED LANDING AREA. THE PILOT HEATED SLIGHTLY IN ORDER TO PROCEED TO SMOOTH FIELD. A STRONG GUST PICKED UP THE BALLOON AND TOOK IT INTO POWER LINES WHICH ARCED AND THE BALLOON CAUGHT FIRE. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE WINDS WERE 4 KNOTS GUSTING TO 20 KNOTS.

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

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WIND INFORMATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNED APPROACH..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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