NTSB Identification: FTW83LA260.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23068.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1983 in FARMINGTON, NM
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7, registration: N2375H
Injuries: 2 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, A UNAUTHORIZED GROUND CREW RELIEVED THE PLT'S CREW & WOULD NOT FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS. AFTER THE GROUND CREW MOVED THE BALLOON INTO A POSITION THAT WAS UPWIND FROM A LIGHT POLE, THEY RELEASED IT & IT ASCENDING. THE PLT STATED THAT HE COULD NOT ABORT THE TAKEOFF WITHOUT LANDING ON ANOTHER BALLOON ENVELOPE. HE CONTINUED THE TAKEOFF, BUT COULD NOT CLEAR THE LIGHT POLE.

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

CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

LIFT-OFF..INADVERTENT..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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