NTSB Identification: LAX84LA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22598.
Accident occurred Monday, November 14, 1983 in SALOME, AZ
Aircraft: RIDER AA-4, registration: N27676
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT OF THE BALLOON WAS MAKING A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING DUE TO HIS PROXIMITY TO THE MEXICAN BORDER. TO AVOID HIGH TENSION WIRES, THE PLT 'RIPPED OUT' AT A HIGHER THAN NORMAL ALTITUDE RESULTING IN A HARD LANDING. THE PLT RECEIVED A FRACTURED SKULL WHEN HE STRUCK HIS HEAD AGAINST AN OXYGEN BOTTLE DURING THE LANDING.

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

ALTITUDE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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