NTSB Identification: LAX84LA425.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26152.
Accident occurred Friday, July 27, 1984 in YOUNTVILLE, CA
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIRE FLY 8-24, registration: N27046
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

THE INITIAL LANDING WAS IN AN AREA OF LIMITED ACCESS AND THE PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE FLIGHT OVER A TREE LINE TO A NEARBY MORE SUITABLE FIELD. IN ORDER TO AVOID BEING CARRIED INTO A SECOND DOWNWIND TREE LINE, THE PLT DESCENDED THE BALLOON INTO THE FIELD AT A HIGHER THAN NORMAL RATE. PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN THE PLT CAUTIONED THE PASSENGERS THAT THEY WERE GOING TO 'HIT HARD.' A 75 YEAR OLD PASSENGER SUFFERED A BROKEN RIB. THE PLT STATED THAT SHE NEVER BRIEFS THE PASSENGERS BEFORE THE FLIGHT ON WHAT TYPE OF LANDING TO EXPECT OR THE POSSIBLE HAZARD OF GETTING HURT DURING THE LANDING.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PASSENGER BRIEFING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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