NTSB Identification: FTW05CA002.
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Accident occurred Monday, October 04, 2004 in Crescent, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Thunder and Colt AA-1050, registration: G-BSRJ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The 4,408-hour lighter-than-air pilot reported that upon landing in an open field during dark night visual conditions, the envelope of the hot air balloon struck a set of power lines. The pilot stated that during the approach to landing, his pilot rated observer used night vision goggles to examine the landing area for objects and did not see the power lines. The pilot added that the prior to landing, the wind changed direction from 080 degrees to 165 degrees and increased to approximately 13 knots.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the high power transmission lines. Contributing factor was the dark night and high wind conditions.

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