NTSB Identification: FTW83LA004
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 03, 1982 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/1983
Aircraft: GENERAL BALLOON AX-6, registration: N2509E
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE BALLOON WAS LANDED IN THE BACKYARD OF A RESIDENCE. THE ENVELOPE DRAGGED ACROSS A 7200 VOLT POWERLINE WHICH BURNED THE ENVELOPE FABRIC. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS APPROACHING A LARGE OPEN FIELD WHEN A GUST OF WIND (DOWNDRAFT) CAUSED THE BALLOON TO LAND PREMATURELY IN THE BACKYARD AND THE DEFLATING ENVELOPE DRAPED OVER THE POWERLINE. A RECENTLY INSTALLED QUICK SHUT-OFF FUEL SYSTEM PROBABLY PREVENTED SERIOUS INJURY.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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