NTSB Identification: ANC85LA140.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28180.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 31, 1985 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 8, registration: N7404X
Injuries: 4 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.

WHILE THE PLT WAS APPROACHING A FIELD TO LAND, THE WIND SHIFTED & GUSTED, BLOWING THE BALLOON TOWARD A LIGHT STANDARD. THE ENVELOPE GRAZED THE STANDARD, RIPPING THE MATERIAL NEAR THE TOP OF THE BALLOON. THE BALLOON THEN LANDED IN THE FIELD. THE WIND WAS REPORTED TO BE FROM 300 DEG AT 3 GUSTING 10 KTS.

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:

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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