NTSB Identification: LAX05LA094.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, February 09, 2005 in Cave Creek, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cameron Balloons A-250, registration: N3037V
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Uninjured.
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A passenger fell while boarding the balloon, and broke her collarbone. Prior to the envelope's hot air inflation, the pilot had two passengers preboard the balloon due to one of the female passenger's physical limitations and speed of the surface wind. He estimated that the surface wind was 4-5 mph. As he started hot inflation of the balloon, the envelope started to stand upright. At that time, he instructed the third passenger to board. As she climbed into the basket, the side of the basket that she was on lifted slightly causing her to lose her balance and she fell into the basket. A medical examination revealed that she had a broken collarbone. The pilot stated that the balloon and heater had no mechanical failures or malfunctions during the flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's inadequate handling of the balloon during boarding resulting in a passenger falling and sustaining a serious injury. Full narrative available
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