NTSB Identification: LAX83LA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20491.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 01, 1983 in ARROYO GRANDE, CA
Aircraft: PICCARD AX-6, registration: N84US
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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 REPORTED THAT HE EXPERIENCED A DOWNDRAFT WHEN HE WAS ON AN APCH TO LAND NEAR POWER LINES, AND WAS FORCED TO 'RIP OUT EARLY.' THE BALLOON LANDED LANDED RELATIVELY HARD, BUT WAS NOT DAMAGED. HOWEVER, THE PLT'S LEGS WERE CROSSED WHEN THE BALLOON TOUCHED DOWN & ONE LEG BROKE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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