NTSB Identification: CHI83FA220.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20761.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 17, 1983 in STOCKBRIDGE, MI
Aircraft: Schaffer-Provencher UW, registration: N37SP
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Uninjured.

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.

THE BALLOON LANDED DOWNSLOPE AT ABOUT 7 KTS IN A RIP/DRAG LANDING WITHOUT GROUND ASSISTANCE. ONE OF THE TWO PASSENGERS WAS ON THE DOWNSLOPE SIDE OF THE BASKET FACING THE DIRECTION OF LANDING. SHE LOST HER GRIP ON THE TOP RAIL OF THE BASKETDURING TOUCHDOWN AND GOT HER ARM CAUGHT BETWEEN GROUND AND BASKET. HER ARM WAS BROKEN DURING THE 15 YARD DRAG. PILOT'S RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED BETTER BRIEFING OF PASSENGERS ON HAND HOLDS AND POSITIONING UPWIND AWAY FROM LANDING DIRECTION IN BASKET PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN.

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL

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