NTSB Identification: DEN01LA092.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 28, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/2001
Aircraft: Raven S55A, registration: N40555
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was approaching to land the balloon in an open field. The pilot stated that she was "aware that there were power lines to the right," and she made altitude adjustments to maintain clearance. The pilot did not see additional power lines in the area until just before impact. The basket uprights contacted the wires. She opened the emergency dump valve and ventilated the envelope. The envelope became entangled in the power lines and was cut be in two. The basket then dropped approximately 30 to 40 feet. The broken power lines fell to the ground and burned a hole into the cement sidewalk.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain a visual lookout during approach. A contributing factor was the power lines.

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