NTSB Identification: DEN83FTE03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24727.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1983 in DEL NORTE, CO
Aircraft: Balloon Works FIREFLY 7, registration: N1516S
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 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.
WHILE CIRCUMNAVIGATING SNOW SHOWERS AT NIGHT IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A HIGHWAY. THE ACFT STRUCK TREES ON A HILLSIDE THAT THE PLT HADN'T SEEN IN THE DARKNESS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN
PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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