NTSB Identification: FTW02LA013.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 10, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2002
Aircraft: Aerostar International Inc S81A, registration: N52760
Injuries: 1 Serious,10 Uninjured.

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The pilot attempted a landing to an asphalt parking lot, which contained a small building and automobiles. The balloon basket touched down and dragged along the asphalt approximately 60-80 feet. The balloon and basket impacted the small building and a powerline. Upon impact with the building, one passenger sustained a fractured shoulder. The pilot stated the wind at the time of the landing was approximately 10-12 knots.

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

the selection of an unsuitable landing area by the pilot. A contributing factor was the high wind during the landing.

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