NTSB Identification: CHI84LA216.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26063.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 27, 1984 in BURNSVILLE, MN
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS BARNES FIREFLY 8-24, registration: N3679A
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 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 LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE ENVELOPE WAS BEING DEFLATED WHEN A GUST OF WIND TIPPED THE BASKET. THE PLT SAID HE SAW A YOUNG BOY WITH HIS LEG UNDER THE BASKET. THE PLT LIFTED THE EDGE OF THE BASKET BY STEPPING OUT OF IT TO FREE THE BOY AND THE WIND DRAGGED THE BASKET. THE WIND WAS REPORTED BEING FROM THE NE AT 7 KTS WITH NO REPORTED GUSTS. THE BOYS MOTHER SAID HER SON WAS RECENTLY ALLOWED TO RIDE IN ANOTHER BALLOON AS THE CHASE CREW 'WALKED' THE BALLOON TO THE CHASE VEHICLE. SHE SAID SHE THOUGHT HE WAS HOPING TO GET ANOTHER 'WALK' RIDE. THE BOYS LEG WAS FRACTURED IN THIS INSTANCE.

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

CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,ENVELOPE..NOT DUMPED

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..INADEQUATE..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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