NTSB Identification: CHI82DA126
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 18, 1982 in SELLERSBURG, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/1983
Aircraft: RAVEN RX-6, registration: N2224R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

DURING A LANDING APPROACH, THE PILOT WAS AWARE OF POWERLINES TO THE LEFT OF HIS COURSE. JUST PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN, HE BECAME AWARE OF A BRANCH OFF OF THE POWERLINES THAT CROSSED IN FRONT OF THE BALLOON'S PATH. HE RIPPED OUT THE TOP INFLATION PANEL; HOWEVER, DURING THE LANDING, THE ENVELOPE DRAPED OVER THE POWERLINES. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE TOP WIRE SEPARATED AND STARTED A GRASS FIRE THAT ULTIMATELY SPREAD AND DESTROYED THE BASKET AND ENVELOPE.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,BASKET..BURNED


Contributing Factors

BALLOON EQUIPMENT,ENVELOPE..BURNED

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