NTSB Identification: FTW85LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29189.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 17, 1985 in ARLINGTON, TX
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7, registration: N4065D
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

ACCORDING TO THE PASSENGER, A GUST OF WIND CAUSED THE BALLOON TO BECOME AIRBORNE PREMATURELY AND DRIFT TOWARD PWR LINES. APRX 25 FT FROM THE WIRES THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF BY DEFLATING THE ENVELOPE. JUST PRIOR TO WIRE CONTACT THE PASSENGER JUMPED ABOUT 25 FT TO THE GROUND. ELECTRICAL ARCING AND EXPLODING FUEL LINES CAUSED THE BASKET TO SEPARATE AND FALL TO THE TERRAIN WITH THE PLT STILL ABOARD. THE ENVELOPE CONTINUED ITS DESCENT EVENTUALLY COMING TO REST IN A SECOND SET OF PWR LINES.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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