NTSB Identification: DEN01LA099.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 15, 2001 in STERLING, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/01/2001
Aircraft: Aerostar RX-8, registration: N4031A
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

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At the completion of a local area passenger flight, the balloon encountered a temperature inversion during approach. The pilot did not adequately adjust for the increased rate of descent and a hard landing occurred. The pilot was thrown from the balloon and one of the passengers jumped. The balloon then ascended and the balloon crew chief talked the remaining passenger through a successful landing. The pilot received serious injuries and her two passengers minor injuries.

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

failure by the pilot to control descent rate during approach to land. A factor was a temperature inversion.

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