NTSB Identification: NYC84FFJ03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26493.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 14, 1984 in LAKEVILLE, NY
Aircraft: RAVEN S55A, registration: N40238
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

WITNESSES STATED THAT AS THE BALLOON APPROACHED A FIELD FOR LANDING, IN DIM LIGHT, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THE GONDOLA WAS GOING TO HIT POWER LINES. THE WOODEN GONDOLA HIT THE TOP WIRE AND THE PLT JUMPED APPROXIMATELY 33 FT TO THE GROUND SUSTAINING SERIOUS INJURIES. SPARKS IGNITED THE PROPANE TANKS IN THE GONDOLA AND THE BASKET WAS ENGULFED BY A FIREBALL.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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