NTSB Identification: NYC84FNC05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26195.
Accident occurred Monday, July 02, 1984 in NORTH LEBANNON, ME
Aircraft: RAVEN RX 6, registration: N5568A
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.

STUDENT BALLOON PILOT WAS ON THIRD SUPERVISED SOLO FLT WITH HIS FLT INSTRUCTOR ACTING AS MEMBER OF THE CHASE CREW. PLT WAS CONTROLLING DESCENT WITH SHORT BURSTS OF PROPANE BURNER.GROUND CONTACT WAS HARD ENOUGH TO CAUSE THE BALLOON SKIRT TO CONTINUE DOWNWARD MOTION TO THE GROUND. AS ENVELOPE REBOUNDED THE GONDOLA FILLED WITH PROPANE WHICH IGNITED. INSTRUCTOR ASSISTED PLT IN EVACUATING AS BALLOON BECAME AIRBORNE, ASCENDED TO APRX 1500 FT WITH GONDOLA IN FLAMES AND EXPLODED.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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