NTSB Identification: NYC82FNC11
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 20, 1982 in WINSLOW, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/1983
Aircraft: FIREFLY 7, registration: N4041P
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 Minor.

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.

WHILE DESCENDING TO LAND IN AN OPEN FIELD, THE BALLOON BEGAN DRIFTING TOWARDS HIGH POWERLINES. IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID A COLLISION, THE PILOT FIRED THE BURNER APPROXIMATELY NINE TIMES, USING SHORT BLASTS OF THE BURNER. THE BALLOON FAILED TO GAIN ALTITUDE AND PRIOR TO CONTACTING THE POWERLINES, THE PILOT INSTRUCTED ONE OF THE PASSENGERS TO PULL THE RIP LINE. THE RIP CORD, WHEN PULLED, RELEASES THE HOT GASES FROM THE ENVELOPE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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