NTSB Identification: FTW83LA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 04, 1982 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1983
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7, registration: N58LB
Injuries: 2 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 COLLIDED WITH TREES WHILE LANDING IN A ZOO PARKING LOT. THE WEATHER WAS VMC AND NO FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PILOT STATED THAT IN ATTEMPTING TO LAND NEXT TO THE BALLOON THEY WERE CHASING IN A HOUND AND HARE GAME, HE ALLOWED THE GONDOLA TO DRAG THROUGH THE TREE TOPS. THE ENVELOPE THEN CAUGHT ON A TREE AND DURING THE ENCOUNTER THE ENVELOPE WAS TORN BY THE BRANCHES.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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