NTSB Identification: MKC83LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 19687.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 02, 1983 in INDIANOLA, IA
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7B, registration: N1511Y
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 PILOT ELECTED TO MAKE A TOUCH AND GO LANDING IN WIND THAT WAS FROM 010 DEG AT 7, GUSTING 9 KTS. DURING TOUCHDOWN, THE BASKET WAS DRIFTING AND TILTED OVER SIDEWAYS. THE PASSENGER WEITHED 290 LBS AND WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN HIS BALANCE. WHEN THE BASKET TILTED, HE FELL OUT. WITHOUT THE PASSENGER, THE BALLOON IMMEDIATELY BECAME AIRBORNE AGAIN WITH ONLY THE PILOT. THE PASSENGER TOLD THE PILOT THAT HE WAS ALRIGHT, BUT LATER, HIS ANKLE WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN BROKEN. THE PILOT LANDED AT THE NEXT AVAILABLE SITE WHERE THE BALLOON COULD BE RECOVERED.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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