NTSB Identification: CHI84LA268.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24640.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 23, 1984 in BATAVIA, IL
Aircraft: BARNES AX-7, registration: N4048F
Injuries: 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 PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING BEFORE THE FLT. THE 1950 SURFACE OBSERVATION REPORTED WINDS FROM 090 DEG AT 4 KTS. DURING FLT, THE WINDS SUDDENLY PICKED UP & THE PLT ATTEMPTED A LANDING. A RAPID RATE OF DESCENT DEVELOPED & THE BALLOON COLLIDED WITH TREES BEFORE THE DESCENT RATE COULD BE CORRECTED. THE 2008 SPECIAL OBSERVATION REPORTED WINDS FROM 350 DEG AT 15 KTS GUSTING 25 KTS.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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