NTSB Identification: DEN86LA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30797.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 18, 1986 in RIO RANCHO, NM
Aircraft: Cameron 0-77, registration: N3SB
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 STATED THAT DURING THE INFLATION OF HIS BALLOON, THE SAFETY LINE HOLDING THE BASKET TO HIS SUPPORT VEHICLE BROKE DURING WINDY CONDITIONS. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE TRIED TO INFLATE THE ENVELOPE IN ORDER TO CLIMB ABOVE BUILDINGS NEARBY. THE PLT INDICATED HE WAS UNABLE TO GAIN ENOUGH ALT BEFORE COLLIDING WITH THE BUILDINGS.

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

SAFETY SYSTEM(OTHER)..SEPARATION

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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