NTSB Identification: FTW83FA324.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23749.
Accident occurred Monday, July 11, 1983 in AZLE, TX
Aircraft: PICCARD AX-6, registration: N99US
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Minor.

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.

DURING A LANDING IN LIGHT WIND CONDITIONS, THE BALLOON TOUCHED DOWN BESIDE A POWER LINE. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE BALLOON ENVELOPE COLLAPSED OVER THE POWER LINE WHICH CARRIED 7200 VOLTS. THE VOLTAGE TRAVELED TO THE BASKET/GONDOLA WHICH OVERTURNED ON THE GRASS SURFACE. THE PLT & 1 PASSENGER WERE FATALLY INJURED DUE TO CARDIAC ARREST FROM ELECTROCUTION. THE BALLOON WAS DAMAGED FROM HIGH VOLTAGE DISCHARGE TO GROUND, FLASH BURNS & SCORCHING. ALSO, A SMALL GRASS FIRE WAS STARTED BUT WAS EXTINGUISHED BY PERSONNEL AT THE ACCIDENT SITE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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