NTSB Identification: NYC85FNC05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32566.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 17, 1985 in GORHAM, ME
Aircraft: BARNES AX7, registration: N15314
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT TOOK OFF WITH THREE PASSENGERS IN A HOT AIR BALLOON. THERE WAS AN UNFORECAST WIND CHANGE WITH AN INCREASE IN VELOCITY. THIS CHANGE IN WIND DIRECTION AND VELOCITY PRECLUDED THE ABILITY TO MAKE A LANDING AND KEEP THE BASKET UPRIGHT. WHEN THE BASKET TIPPED OVER THE PILOT RECEIVED A BROKEN LEG. THE THREE PASSENGERS WERE UNINJURED.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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

WIND INFORMATION..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..INACCURATE..NWS PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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