NTSB Identification: NYC04LA217.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 25, 2004 in Lewisburg, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/2005
Aircraft: Firefly Galaxy 9, registration: N2200Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal,6 Uninjured.

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After landing in a field, six passengers and the pilot exited the hot-air balloon. Shortly after, an airplane flew "very low" over the top of the balloon, and the balloon began to ascend. The pilot stated that he "knew a trick," and proceeded to wrap a rope around his leg, as the balloon continued to ascend. As it reached an altitude of about 80 feet, the pilot fell from the rope, which was hanging from the basket.

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

The pilot's improper decision to attempt to board the balloon while it was ascending.

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