NTSB Identification: FTW83LA155.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21817.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 12, 1983 in SPRINGTOWN, TX
Aircraft: PICCARD AX-6, registration: N99US
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 BALLOON WAS ON A 'HARE & HOUND' COMPETITION FLIGHT WITH A COMMERCIAL PLT & STUDENT PLT ON BOARD. AFTER THE COMPETITION PORTION WAS COMPLETED, THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND TOLD THE STUDENT TO TAKE CONTROL & CONTINUE FLYING, THEN LAND AT HER DISCRETION. AFTER ABOUT 15 MIN, THE STUDENT DECIDED TO LAND IN AN OPEN FIELD. THE PIC REPORTED THAT A 'TYPICAL' LANDING WAS MADE WITH A DRAG OF APRX 15 FT. DURING GROUND CONTACT, THE STUDENT STRUCK HER KNEE ON AN LP GAS BOTTLE & RECEIVED A SMALL FRACTURE OF THE RIGHT FEMUR. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM 180 AT 10 GUSTING 12 KTS.

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..DUAL STUDENT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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