NTSB Identification: LAX83LA170.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20980.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 15, 1983 in MESA, AZ
Aircraft: RAVEN AX-9, registration: N5714B
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THERE WAS NO WIND WHEN HE BEGAN THE SIGHT-SEEING FLT; HOWEVER, AFTER TAKEOFF, THE WIND STEADILY INCREASED TO APRX 12 KTS. BY THIS TIME, THE BALLOON WAS APPROACHING A LARGE GREEN FIELD, SO HE ELECTED TO LAND RATHER THAN TAKE A CHANCE OF THE WIND INCREASING. DURING THE LANDING, ONE OF THE SIX PASSENGERS SUFFERED AN BROKEN SHOULDER.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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