NTSB Identification: DEN85LA127.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27465.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 05, 1985 in FORT COLLINS, CO
Aircraft: Raven S77A, registration: N4199G
Injuries: 1 Serious,9 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 BALLOON BASKET CONTAINING 8 PASS'G & 2 CREWMEMBERS BRUSHED ALONGSIDE A FENCE DURING LNDG. ONE PASS'G WHO HAD BEEN JOSTLED BY THE LANDING BECAME A VICTIM OF 1ACERATIONS & A BROKEN ARM FROM CONTACT WITH BARBED WIRE FENCE. THE PLT STATED THAT THE WIND WAS GUSTING AND SHIFTED DIRECTIONS JUST BEFORE TOUCHDOWN WHICH DRIFTED THE BALLOON TOWARD THE FENCE. THE WIND WAS 180 DEGREES AT 10 KTS, GUSTING TO 15 KTS. THE PLT STATED THAT HE TRIED TO CLIMB OVER THE FENCE, BUT THE BALLOONS RESPONSE WAS TOO SLOW. THIS LED TO THE VICTIMS INJUUIES BY BEING CAUGHT BETWEEN FENCE ANC BASKET. THE EVLUATION OF THE WX BEFORE TAKE OFF SHOWED THE WX STABLE ENOUGH FOR INFLATION & TAKEOFF. NO MENTION WAS MADE OF POTENTIAL FOR LNDG. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF THE BALLOON WAS DRIFTING NORTH AT 15 MPH. THIS SPEED DID NOT DECREASE AS THE ACFT DESCENDED FOR LNDG AFTER ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF FREE FLT. THE PLT HAD ABOUT 25 FLT HRS IN THIS MAKE & MODEL OF BALLOON OF WHICH 2 WAS DUAL (INSTRUCTIONAL).

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

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS,SEAT BELT..LACK OF

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:

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS,SHOULDER HARNESS..LACK OF

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

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,BASKET..INADEQUATE

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

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

JUDGMENT..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED LANDING..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE TRANSITION/UPGRADE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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