NTSB Identification: DEN05LA004.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 03, 2004 in Chama, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2007
Aircraft: Worner Balloon Works NL-1000, registration: DOYES
Injuries: 2 Serious.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot, while participating in an endurance competition, he heard a "loud" bang and saw a "flash." He then noticed a large "L" shaped tear in the balloon's envelope as the balloon began to descend "rapidly." The balloon impacted mountainous terrain at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The pilot and passenger each sustained a broken ankle.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the lightning strike and subsequent failure of the balloon's envelope, resulting in an uncontrolled descent and impact with terrain.
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