NTSB Identification: FTW02LA012.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 13, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2002
Aircraft: Aerostar RXS-8, registration: N5260E
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was attempting to land the balloon in a large grass ball field. After clearing power lines adjacent to the landing area, the pilot fully deployed the balloon envelope vent. The balloon basket "made hard contact with the ground. A second contact was made and the balloon started to drag." The balloon envelope contacted power lines; subsequently, the pilot and passengers sustained electrical burns. The balloon basket came to rest against a set of bleachers at the ball field. Airport personnel, located 1/2 mile from the accident site, reported the wind from 360 degrees at 19 knots.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with a power line during landing. A contributing factor was the high wind during the landing.

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