NTSB Identification: CHI84LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21887.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 08, 1983 in WYOMING, MI
Aircraft: ADAMS AB, registration: N4022K
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 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.
THE BALLOON COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND, BOUNCED, HIT A HOUSE AND A UTILITY POLE BEFORE BEING TORN ENOUGH TO COME TO REST. THE HARD LANDING IN AN 8 KT WIND TORE THE VENT LINE FROM THE PILOTS HAND, HE LOST THE ABILITY TO VENT THE BALLOON AND DURING THE COLLISIONS AND DRAGGING HE LOST 2 STRIKERS HE WANTED TO USE TO RELIGHT THE BURNER PILOT LIGHTS. THE PARTIALLYDEFLATED BALLOON BECAME A SAIL AND DRAGGED THE BASKET UNTIL THE POLE AND WIRES RIPPED THE ENVELOPE TWO FULL GORE LENGTHSAND IT DEFLATED AFTER TRAVELING 300 FT FURTHER. FIVE OF THE SIX PEOPLE ON BOARD WERE NOT INJURED. ONE RECEIVED A BROKEN ANKLE WHICH REQUIRED SURGERY. THE BALLOON FLIGHT LASTED ABOUT ONE HOUR AND 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE LANDING ATTEMPT WHICH ENDED IN THE ACCIDENT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:WIND INFORMATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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