NTSB Identification: FTW83FA364.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22877.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1983 in FORT WORTH, TX
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY AX-7, registration: N3609C
Injuries: 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 INTENDED LANDING AREA WAS A PARKING LOT. ADJACENT TO THE LOT WAS A ONE-STORY BUILDING ON TOP OF WHICH A TV ANTENNA ABOUT 20 FT ABOVE THE ROOF TOP. IN AN EFFORT TO CLEAR THE ANTENNA DURING THE DESCENT TO THE PARKING LOT, THE PLTWAS NOT AWARE OF A SET OF POWER LINES BEYOND & SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE ANTENNA. AFTER SAFELY CLEARING THE ANTENNA THE PLT NOTICED THE POWER LINES. FEELING THAT A VERTICAL CLIMB OVER THE LINES WAS NOT POSSIBLE, HE ELECTED TO RIP OUT THE BALLOON TOP RESULTING IN A VERTICAL DESCENT CONTACTING THE WIRES ON THE WAY TO THE GROUND.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION(MARKED)

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