NTSB Identification: DEN82FTE18
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 24, 1982 in LONGMONT, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1983
Aircraft: AVIAN BALLOON SKYHAWK, registration: N72AV
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT TOOKOFF IN THE BALLOON WITH THREE PASSENGERS ON A SIGHT-SEEING FLIGHT. THE WIND WAS FROM 200 DEGREES AT 5 GUSTING 7 KNOTS. A LARGE FIELD WAS SELECTED FOR LANDING. WHILE USING A HIGH WIND LANDING PROCEDURE, THE GONDOLA TIPPED OVER DURING TOUCHDOWN. ONE PASSENGER FELL OUT AND FRACTURED A VERTEBRA.

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

LEVEL OFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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